Australia’s Brett Coletta shared the first round lead with Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult on six-under-par after the first round of the Youth Olympics Men’s Individual Stroke Play Competition at Zhongshan International Golf Club in China today.
Coletta posted a bogey free round of 66 with birdies on the first, fourth, fifth, seventh, 11th and 15th holes. Coletta, who plays out of Sandhurst Golf club in Melbourne, said, “I came out this morning and I knew it was a strong field. I didn’t know what to expect to be honest but I came out strong. But, you know, there are two days to go.
“I was a bit nervous on the first tee. Just saying the Olympic word and that it is 100 years since golf’s been in, you’ve hit the nail on the head, yes, I’m very proud to play an Olympic competition.”
Kinhult finished with three birdies in his last four holes to secure his 66. His only bogey came on the 17th but he holed from 20 feet on the last for his seventh birdie of the day to finish on six-under-par and take a share of the lead.
“It was good today, I was playing well and my ball-striking was good from tee to green,” said Kinhult, who was part of the Swedish team which finished second in the European Boys’ Team Championship in Oslo last month.
“Of course I want to win a medal. I want to win the competition but if I could get a medal I would be very happy.”
The highlight of the day came from Tony Gil who made a 164 yard hole-in-one on the third hole. The young Canadian made the first hole-in-one in Olympic history on his way to a three-under-par 69.
“It was a bit humid today so I used a 7-iron. I knew I’d hit it close but didn’t know it was in until I went to the green and saw the ball in the hole.”
It was only after the round that Gil realised he had made a little bit of history with the first hole-in-one in an Olympic competition.
“Oh really? That’s very cool. It was actually the first hole-in-one in my career too!” he said.
Youth Olympics Men’s Individual Stroke Play Competition, Round One, Top 10
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