First round was greeted with drizzly and breezy conditions with still fast running fairways and super fast greens with tricky pin placings and course set up at full length.
Result was a CSS of 72 reflecting toughness of course.
Off first at 7..30am our in form low man Jamie Hodgkinson set a formidable target of 72 gross 70 nett off his 2 Hcp, this despite a five foot nearest the pin on the sixth which rather than a cert birdie somehow ended up as a three putt bogey.
He leads the gross comp by two from our new scratch man Simon Pay who carded a 74 gross .
Scoring for the rest of the day reflected tough conditions with the lead being shared with last years winner Simon Begley posting a 68 nett off 14 Hcp and Paul Clarke with 68 nett off 16 Hcp.
Danger man John Cheesebrough posted a creditable nett 69 despite a double bogey five on the 18th.
Tomorrows second round is wide open with a ruck of contenders all within four shots and all to play for and the prospect of similar conditions wetting the appetite for a great day.
Round 1 results Here