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A tried and tested Southport layout has drawn a line in the amateur field of Australian boys with only seven players parrying day by day in the first round.
Mount Lawley product Jordan Jung made the best of an early morning start with an impressive six-under-par 65 to lead a large number of rising stars to the second day.
Despite the fact that he felt "many nerves" during his first visit to the solar state, the 2018 runner-up will get its soundputter.
"I tried to keep it stable today and it worked pretty well," said the 16-year-old.
"Putting was a big part of my round. Mainly I put it in the right places and even when I missed it, I went up and down well.
"Last year was my first time playing in the Australian Junior and I was second. It gave me the motivation and confidence that I have the skills to perform."
Harrison Burner from South Australia shares second place with Queensland & Jordan Rooke, after they both shot 67 to open their Junior accounts.
Kazuma Kobori was the best of the afternoon with a three-under-par 68 to match the Josh Greer of WA. But if the New Zealander's recent record is something to hold on to, Kobori has unparalleled confidence.
Last month the 17-year-old won the NZ PGA on the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia against a professional field of high quality.
But it's getting better.
Starting with the Southland Strokeplay Championship (NZ event) in January this year, Kobori has added another six World Amateur Ranking events and trophies to his cabinet in three months.
"The fact that I played four rounds below par (with NZ PGA) was definitely something I have never done before and that gave me a lot of confidence," he said.
"I try to play a little smarter from 2019, and not shoot at restrained pins. I play a bit more conservatively and it seems to bear fruit.
"The greens here are always pure (in Australia) and you don't always understand that in NZ."
Representatives from Queensland, Elvis Smylie and Max Ford, round up the players in red on a card below the card.