Shellharbour golfer Travis Smyth is on-track to make the NSW Open cut but has work to do to catch the leaders after a steady first round at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club on Thursday.
Three birdies on the back nine helped Smyth into a tie-for-32nd on the back of two-under 70 on the opening day of the $400,000 tournament. It has him four shots off West Australian Jarryd Felton, who surged to an early advantage with a round of six-under 66.
Smyth started the day with seven consecutive pars before a bogey on the eighth hole.
A pair of birdies on the 11th and 13th put him back in the red before he finished the day with a valuable birdie on the penultimate hole.
Smyth will tee-off his second round at 7.45am on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, recent Queensland Open winner Jordan Zunic will begin the final stage of qualifying school for the European Tour on Saturday.