Chesterfield PGA professional Michael McLean and partner Jack Wheeldon made an instant impact on their PGA Super 60s Tournament bow after claiming a share of second.
The duo carded a second round six-under-par 66 to go alongside their opening effort of 68 for a ten-under-par total.
They shared second place with PGA chairman Phil Weaver (Coventry Finham) and PGA chief executive Sandy Jones.
The tournament at the De Vere Belton Woods course in Lincolnshire, was won by Boyce Hill PGA professional Graham Burroughs and his partner Robbie Hubbard, who took the title in 2009.
McLean, who turned 60 year earlier this year to be eligible to enter the £10,000 tournament for players aged 60 and over, has only recently returned to playing after missing nine months with a serious back injury.
And while his own form was impressive, it was that of his 72-year-old partner, who plays off eight, that really caught his eye.
McLean said: “Jack was great as it’s the best I’ve ever seen him play.
“We didn’t think about where we would finish. It was just a case of doing the best we could do. We birdied the first three holes between us and went on from there. We did take six at the last which hurts a bit.”