INVERELL’S Brett Drewitt fired a Belmont course record nine-under 63 on the opening day of the Lake Macquarie Amateur yesterday.
The flawless round of seven birdies and an eagle matched the efforts of US Open runner-up Jason Day in 2002 and reigning Myanmar Open champion Kieran Pratt in 2010.
Drewitt’s blistering round gave the NSW and Australian squad member a two-shot lead over New Zealand’s Josh Munn, of Manawatu.
The Long Reef member sunk an eagle on the 462-metre par-five fourth hole when he holed an eight-metre putt after a drive and five iron to the green.
The best of the Hunter contingent is Scone 18-year-old Nathan Waters. The two-time NSW Country champion is equal fourth at three-under 69.
Toronto’s Callan O’Reilly (70) and Waratah’s Luke Morrison (71) are also still in contention, while Charlestown’s Brayden Petersen (75) and Blake Windred (84), and Belmont’s Joe D’Arcy (76) and Chris Smith (77) are struggling.