Todd Adcock and Richard Weldon share a one-stroke lead on five under par after the opening round of the PDC & World Snooker Open at Collingtree Park Golf Club, the fourth event of the PGA EuroPro Tour season.
The duo each carded 67 on the first day at the par-72 course in Northampton. James Heath lies third on four under, George Woolgar and Jack Winer are two shots behind in fourth and ten golfers are tied sixth on two under.
Adcock (The Nevill Golf Club) began his round with a birdie on the tenth and made three successive pars before another birdie at 14. Par breakers at 16 and 17 saw him complete his first nine four under the card.
Turning home to negotiate the usual front nine, Adcock suffered his only bogey on the sixth but birdies at seven and nine saw him sign for a 67 and take a share of the lead into Thursday’s second round.
Irishman Weldon (Killeen Castle), who heads the leaderboard alongside Adcock, made three birdies in his first five holes and added another at the ninth. A bogey at 13 knocked him back a shot but he quickly made amends and more with an eagle on the 14th.
Heath (Robert Heath Heating) had more of a mixed bag on his first 18. Starting on the first a bogey at three and a double at four had him three over early on. Five consecutive birdies starting at the sixth saw him move under par but he was level again by the time he was stood on the 14th tee following back-to-back bogeys at 12 and 13.
From there he began his march back up the leaderboard. An eagle was quickly followed by a two on the par-three 15th and he took one more stroke off his score when he made four on the tricky 18th.
Chesterfield’s George Woolgar only returned from a ten-month injury layoff in the last PGA EuroPro Tour event, the Kerry London Championship at Burhill, but looks ready to contend at the top already.
The 27-year-old shot a 69 at Collingtree Park on Wednesday and is just two behind the leading duo. He made four birdies and a solitary bogey at 18 (his ninth) to end the day tied fourth alongside Winer (Woolston Manor GC), who shot four birdies in his last six holes to finish three under.
The PDC & World Snooker Open is a 54-hole strokeplay event. A total of 168 golfers will play a further 18 holes on Thursday (June 20) before a cut to the leading 50 players plus ties is a made. The top players will then compete for the £10,000 winner’s cheque over a further 18 holes on Friday (June 21).