Brennan immediately at home in NT

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The spectacular colors of the Alice Springs Golf Club were the perfect backdrop to complete one of the NT Amateur.

Queensland's Cassie Porter and local Alex Brennan lead the respective women's and men's fields after the first round of the Northern Territory Amateur Championship at the Alice Springs Golf Club.

Brennan, a 41-year-old police officer who played on his home course, was delighted with his opening of five-under-67, which was good enough for a single-branch ahead of Sydney John Lyras and one of only five sub-par scores.

"It's my best place ever here," beamed Brennan, winner of the Australian Police Golf Championship in 2018 and fourth in this year's event, recently played on Victoria & # 39; s Mornington Peninsula.

"I did well and made many putts. I am completely enthusiastic."

Brennan left in three-under three, before three little birds and a bogey on his way home allowed him to ward off Lyras, a 22-year-old from St. Michaels in southern Sydney, who caught the inner nine fire with an eagle to the par-five 10th followed by birdies on the 13th and 16th

NT representative Jake Hughes and Royal Queensland & Zach Maxwell share a third blow on 69.

Defending champion Porter enjoyed coming out in the first group with a birdie first and an eagle in the par-five second on the way to the outer half of 34.

The 16-year-old Peregian on the Sunshine Coast walked through most of the back nine, but suffered a bogey on the 16th for a tight birdie on the short par-four-eighteenth who gave her a three-under-par total of 70

Porter leads three runs from The Australian & Stefanie Hall who fired an equal par 73, with Victorian Steffanie Vogel another two strokes behind a 75.

"I was satisfied with how I played," Porter said.

"Just really real."

First played in 1980, the championship returned to the Red Center in 2019.

The second round of the 72-hole championship will take place tomorrow from 07:00.

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