A trio of Canberrans are fighting to avoid the cut at the NSW Open after a mixed start to the tournament at Twin Creeks on Thursday.
Victoria's Josh Younger jumped out of the blocks to be the round-one leader at nine-under par, with Min Woo Lee and Justin Warren following closely one shot back.
Canberra's three representatives weren't so lucky. Matt Millar finished at even par and in a tie for 63rd, while Josh Armstrong was four-over par and Chris Campbell was five-over in his comeback after four years of minimal golf.
Lee has rebounded from the heartbreak of missing out on a full European Tour card to emerge as favourite to win the NSW Open at Twin Creeks Golf Club.
The younger brother of Australian women's No.1 Minjee, Lee carved out a brilliant eight-under-par 64 in the Open's first round on Thursday to seize the early clubhouse lead before Younger finished strong.
Lee eagled the 12th hole after driving the short par 4 and collected seven birdies to lead Travis Smyth by a shot.
"I just played pretty solid. Kinda stress-free," Lee said.
"I said yesterday there were a lot of chances out there and I rolled the putter great."
Eyeing his maiden victory on home soil, Lee's blistering start comes barely a month after a sloppy finish at the season-ending Portugal Masters cost the 21-year-old his full 2020 playing rights in Europe.
Lee finished two positions outside of the top 115 golfers who automatically get a full card for next year, earning partial rights instead, after finding the water on the penultimate hole.
"For the last few months I got told that I had my card wrapped up and I didn't need any more invites or anything," he told AAP at Twin Creeks.
"Yeah, I didn't know until the cameras came out on 17 and 18 that I was the bubble boy, which was kind of heartbreaking because I made a double (bogey) on 17.
"But if I knew I would have played a little bit different. There was water right. Obviously I'm not trying to hit it but I definitely could have done 500 million more things differently.
"It was just a bit of an unlucky thing.
"But I'm still in a pretty good position for next year so I'm just happy where I am."