Nick Flanagan continued his strong form from the Vic Open, opening with a four-under 69 at the World Super 6 Perth golf tournament at Lake Karrinyup on Thursday.
Flanagan was the best of the Hunter contingent, sitting three shots behind the lead in a tie for fifth. He finished at 13 under, tied for 10th at the Vic Open last week.
Charlestown's James Nitties, runner-up last year in the event, shot two-under on Thursday to be equal 16th. Toronto's Callan O'Reilley was even par, while Dylan Perry and Andrew Dodt were two over.
World No.218 Miguel Tabuena produced the hottest of starts to take a share of the clubhouse lead.
Tabuena birdied nine of his first 10 holes on Thursday to open up a huge early lead, before the Filipino settled for a seven-under 65.
He was joined at the top of the leaderboard with Norway's Kristoffer Reitan, who posted eight birdies and a bogey. New Zealand's Benjamin Campbell is third at five-under.
Rising star Min Woo Lee and fellow local Jason Scrivener settled for solid rounds of two-under.
Tournament favourite Thomas Pieters, who was battling illness on the eve of the tournament, also finished with a two-under 70.
US Open 2006 winner Geoff Ogilvy is one over after eight holes, while Victorian Lucas Herbert shot a disappointing two-over 74.
World No.55 Tom Lewis - the highest ranked player in the field - sits at one over after seven holes.
Indian SSP Chawrasia shot a strong four-under 68 to put himself into the mix.
But he could only watch on in awe as his playing partner Tabuena lit up the course early.
"Me and Terry Pilkadaris [were] both looking at each other," Chawrasia said.
"Every hole he make birdie, birdie, birdie, the first six or seven holes.
"So you know, nine-under after 10 holes - I've never seen before."
The first three rounds of the tournament are traditional stroke play.
The top 24 players then qualify for the last round match-play, which consists of a series of elimination six-hole shootouts.
If a shootout is tied at the end of six holes, a 90-metre hole will decide the winner of that duel.