Keeping his mind focused and his feet together, Alec Pettigrew claimed a share of the opening-day lead in the 61st Hong Kong Open men's amateur championship at Discovery Bay yesterday. After an anxious week as Hong Kong's non-playing captain in the Nomura Cup, Pettigrew showed he still has plenty to offer as a player with a one-under-par 71 over the Diamond-Ruby layout. 'It was my first round for eight days,' said the 31-year-old former Hong Kong international, whose score was matched by Kao Bo-song, a member of last week's victorious Taiwanese team in the Asia-Pacific Championships, and Malaysian A. Durairaj. But for one costly lapse, Pettigrew would have had the outright lead. Four-under for the round following a successful 10-foot eagle putt at the par-five 12th, Pettigrew came unstuck at the downhill, dog-leg right 14th. There, he ran up a triple-bogey seven after pushing his drive which bounced on the cart path and disappeared into the mountainside. A three-putt bogey followed at the 15th to take him back to even, but he recovered his composure to make a birdie at the par-five last to return to red figures. 'After such a good start, it's disappointing not to have finished off the job,' said Pettigrew, who hit 16 greens in regulation - a fact he attributes to swing changes he has been working on with Hong Kong Golf Club professional Iain Roberts. Lee Kam-chuen and Doug Williams fared less well than their erstwhile captain, shooting 77 and 79 respectively, while Eric Saxvik was a late withdrawal through 'flu. Bertie To Jnr, the Discovery Bay club's managing director, started but pulled out mid-way through his round with a back injury. Su Chin-jung, Taiwan's Nomura Cup hero, shot 76.