22 Sep 2016

Sport: Aussie golfer Jake McLeod leads in Noumea

11:21 am on 22 September 2016

Australian golfer Jake McLeod fired an eight under par 63 to open up a two shot lead after the opening round of the South Pacific Open Championship in New Caledonia.

The 22 year old Queenslander's round was highlighted by back-to-back eagles on the par five 14th and par four 15th at the Tina Golf Course in Noumea.

Australian golfer Jake McLeod.

Australian golfer Jake McLeod. Photo: PGA of Australia

Another Australian, Jason Norris, fired a six-under par 65 to be outright second behind McLeod.

Kirianu Blais is the best placed local in a tie for 17th position at two under par.

Meanwhile Fiji's Sam Lee opened with a birdie but also managed five bogeys in a round of two over par 73.

He's 10 shots off the lead in a share of 47th place.

$AU140,000 in prizemoney is up for grabs this week along with Official World Golf Ranking points.

Fiji golfer Sam Lee will make his pro debut at the NZ PGA Championship.

Fiji golfer Sam Lee Photo: Twitter / Sam Lee