Butt on top in Futures event

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Matthew Power shot a score of 81 to be nine-over par and in equal 60th position heading into round two on Wednesday. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Matthew Power shot a score of 81 to be nine-over par and in equal 60th position heading into round two on Wednesday. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

Jason Butt was the sole player to break par on the opening day of the prestigious National Futures Championship on Tuesday.

Butt, who played in an afternoon group, finished with a one-under total of 71 at the Ballarat Golf Club event.

His efforts mean he tops the leaderboard heading into the second day of competition, which gets underway from 7.45am on Wednesday morning.

Butt leads the tournament, which carries a prize purse of $57,500 and is regarded as the top event for trainee professional golfers, by one shot from Mitchell Anketell, with Hayden Webb, Jack Cox and Adam Burdett tied for third place, just another stroke behind.

Competition continues every day until the fourth and final round on Friday.

LEADERBOARD

ROUND 1

(Par 72)

Jason Butt -1, Mitchell Anketell even, Hayden Webb +1, Jack Cox +1, Adam Burdett +1, Mathew Webb +2, Sahil Sahib +2, Tristan Morey +3, Kris O'Sullivan +3, Bradley McGill +3, Andrew Crabb +3, Gary Dowling +3