Jonathan Caldwell’s rich vein of form continues after posting a six birdies and an eagle in a magnificent seven-under par round of 65 on day one of The Nokia Masters.
The Clandeboye professional has been in superb form all year as he eyes graduation to the Challenge Tour next season but at seven-under par after round one, incredibly he’s only in a tie for 5th after some super shooting at Mannings Heath Golf & Wine Estate.
Caldwell flew home in just 30 wallops this afternoon and heads the Irish challenge by one stroke after Headfort’s Brian Casey managed six birdies and an eagle of his own when taking route 66 to the clubhouse in a share of 7th.
Whitehead’s John Ross Galbraith is just outside the top-10 after finding six birdies in a tidy 67.
Ordinarily a 68 to start any tournament would have you jumping for joy but for Royal Dublin’s Niall Kearney and Headfort’s Joe Dillon, they’ve just snuck inside the top-30 at minus-four.
West Cliff’s Brendan McCarroll and Old Conna’s Neil O’Briain also managed to break 70 but 69’s were just about par in today’s game of crazy golf while Limerick’s Tim Rice is in a share of 73rd at two-under par.
At the top of the pile sits Neil Fenwick who posted a superb first round of 62 (-10) to lead at Mannings Heath.
The Dunbar Golf Club golfer was bogey-free as he powered to the top of the leaderboard in a round that included five birdies on the bounce on the back nine.
Fenwick said: “It was pretty good. I played really solid. I hit eighteen greens, maybe seventeen but I hit it to the back fringe. I just played really solid. Got a nice wee slice of good fortune down ten but you need wee breaks to shoot scores like that.”
Arron Edwards-Hill (a) (Golfing4Life) and Bradley Bawden (a) (Rochford Hundred Golf Club) are both tied for second after impressive opening knocks of nine-under.
Bawden couldn’t have started any better with five birdies on his first five holes before two more to go seven deep thru nine. Edwards-Hill had seven birdies on his card plus an eagle to be two clear of Caldwell.
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