Clandeboye’s Jonathan Caldwell leads the field into day two of The Newmachar Golf Club Challenge after opening with a superb round of 64 (-8) in Aberdeen.
Looking to break into the top-5 on the Road to Desert Springs money-list, Caldwell is one ahead of John Parry after carding five birdies on the front nine and a further four on the back including three on the bounce to start his round in a perfect manner.
Parry (Harrogate Golf Club) had a clean card with seven birdies to make his 65 (-7) including four on the back nine to put himself one shot adrift of the lead.
Several players are two shots back from the lead with opening rounds of 66 (-6) with Alan Sutherland (The Dukes St Andrews), Neil Fenwick (Dunbar Golf Club, and last year’s winner Billy Spooner (Boston West Golf Club) finding some early form.
Meanwhile Limerick’s Tim Rice started off strongly with a three-under par round of 69 that leaves him in a tie for 19th heading into round two.
Whitehead’s John Ross Galbraith was the only other Irish player to break par and shares 50th after a minus-one opening effort.
At the conclusion of round two, the cut will be made to the leading fifty players plus ties before the final round is played on Friday with the likes of West Cliff’s Brendan McCarroll (+1) and Kilkenny’s Luke Donnelly (+2) with work to do to make it.
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