FOND memories came flooding back for Canadian Philip Jonas at the Royal Hong Golf Club at Fanling yesterday. It was 20 months ago that Jonas made his Asian debut when he took part in the 1994 Hong Kong Open. Surprising everyone, including himself, the South Africa-born 33-year-old blazed his way to a bogey-free 65 over the Composite Course to take the first round lead. Although he was unable to maintain that blistering pace, a top-25 finish set him up for an impressive first year on the Asian Tour. Said Jonas: 'I remember the tournament very well. 'In the first round I made six birdies in the first 10 holes and then parred my way home. 'Unfortunately, I dropped back after that.' This year Jonas, one of only a handful of professional golfers who plays right-handed and putts left-handed, made a more sedate start with an even-par 71 yesterday. Nevertheless, given his rustiness following a 12-week break from tournament golf, Jonas was satisfied with his performance. 'I've spent the past three months working on my game in Vancouver,' said Jonas, whose last Asian event was the Volvo China Open at the end of April and who has not performed competitively since the Ontario Open in August. He added: 'Despite the lay-off I'm feeling pretty good about my game. I've had a few lessons and have been working on a few things. 'Coming here I really didn't know what to expect with my game.' Playing alongside Argentinian Eduardo Romero and Hong Kong's Alex Tang, Jonas made a predictably slow start, dropping shots at the 13th and 14th - his third and fourth of the day. Gradually, though, Jonas found his feet and was rewarded with birdies at the second and eighth, both par-threes, to return to the clubhouse where he began - at even-par. He said: 'I hit a lot of 'iffy' shots, but I feel comfortable with this course. The setting is great. 'Despite my opening 65 last year, it actually turned out to be one of my worst finishes of the season. 'Perhaps this year it will be in reverse and I'll get better with each round.'