Ireland’s Robin Dawson and Cormac Sharvin are best placed of the Irish players at the Prague Golf Challenge after day one with both carding opening rounds of 69 to lie four shots off the leaders.
With Ruaidhri McGee one shot further back after a 70, five players are tied for the first round lead at seven under par rounds of 65 at Prague City Golf where the early starters Ewen Ferguson and Billy Spooner set the target at 65 and it looked as though the two of them would be the men to catch with no one making a charge as the afternoon elapsed.
However, Wil Besseling, Richard Bland and Jonas Kölbing made late darts to the top of the leaderboard with the latter posting four birdies, an eagle and a bogey in his final six holes.
Ferguson was one of only two men to post bogey-free rounds on Day One – the other being Englishman Laurie Canter – while Dutchman Besseling signed off with an excellent birdie at the last to ensure he would share the lead going into the second day.
One shot behind the quintet at the top of the leaderboard is Dane Benjamin Poke on six under par who, along with playing partner Robin Dawson, began his round in scintillating fashion with five birdies in his first five holes before making the turn at seven under. Two bogeys and a single gain on his back nine means he will start the second round one shot back.
There were mixed emotions for Frenchman Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon who finished his round with a hole-in-one on the 18th, however missed out on the car which will be awarded to the first player who manages to ace it, as the giveaway only takes place over the weekend.