Jimmy Bolger fired a three-under par opening round of 67 to take a share of the lead at the First Stage of Staysure Tour Qualifying School in the Algarve.
The Kilkenny professional carded a superb five birdies around Silves Golf to sit in a four-way tie for top spot at Pestana Golf Resort.
Not the only Irishman taking his chance this week, Damian Mooney enjoyed a sound start of his own and trails Bolger by three after returning an even par effort that’s good enough for a tie for 11th.
First Stage sees players compete over 36-holes at Silves Golf and Gramacho Golf Club before Staysure Tour hopefuls, who will gain access to all full field events, will battle for the five cards available at 72-hole Final Stage at the neighbouring Vale da Pinta Course from January 27-30.
With the resurgence of over-50s golf, and so many famous names playing on the over-50s circuit, Staysure Tour Qualifying School are offering huge rewards to the skilled players who earn their 2020 Staysure Tour cards, as Head of the Staysure Tour, Mark Aspland, has explained:
“The Staysure Tour Qualifying School has proven, year on year, to be a stern but rewarding test for competitors. At the beginning of each season, players continue to push themselves to claim one of the five Staysure Tour cards and, over recent years, the Qualifying School graduates have gone on to thrive during the season.
“Our thanks go to the teams at Silves Golf and Gramacho Golf Club for hosting the First Stage, and to Rui Gago and his team at Pestana for a fitting venue for the Final Stage of the Staysure Tour Qualifying School.
“Good luck to all competitors and we look forward to congratulating the successful five to the Staysure Tour in the New Year.”
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