2022 Australian Open: Day One wrap

by Val Febbo

Day one of the 2022 Australian Open on the Gold Coast has seen some big-name players pave their way through to the knockout stages of the men’s singles following the completion of 96 sections across the width and breadth of the city.

Leading the charge is Birmingham-bound Corey Wedlock, who progressed following a trio of victories on the opening day and displaying significant skill adapting to the quick greens following his experience at the Trans Tasman Test Series just last weekend.

Former Jackaroo Ray Pearse also emerged through his section, with a shot difference of 38 across his three encounters, while Moama’s Kevin Anderson made his way through to the sudden death phase of the tournament.

Following on from their national titles in April, also on the Gold Coast, Blake Nairn (singles), Paul Sinden (fours) and Sean Ingham (pairs) have all extended their singles campaign.

Former Australian Champion of Champions conqueror Trystan Smallacombe has booked his place in the final 274, as has former Australian Open singles champion in Nathan Pedersen.

Australian number two ranked bowler Thor Shannon has made his way through, as has number five Jacob Nelson.

Other notable names to move through include Dale McWhinney-Shillington, Troy Kinnane, Jayden Christie, and former Male Bowler of the Year Peter Taylor.

See the full list of men’s singles sectional winners from day one here.