ESSEX-BASED Jamie Moul is in front after day one of the The Stoke-by-Nayland Championship 2010.
Pre-tournament betting favourite Moul, 25, is a regular on the Challenge Tour and on Sunday finished tied fifth in one of their events – the Fred Olsen Challenge De Espana.
He maintained that good form in this PGA EuroPro Tour competition as his first round score of eight-under was the best of the day.
After six holes, Moul was at level par but a stunning run of eight birdies in ten holes saw him leapfrog clubhouse leader Graeme Clark.
However, Clark is still in contention for more success on the PGA EuroPro Tour, which would be his fifth victory on the tour in four seasons after shooting an opening round score of seven-under.
Birdies on five of the first seven holes along with further ones at the 12th, 14th and 15th helped him to an early lead, although he later dropped a shot at the 17th.
Clark (Doncaster GC) has enjoyed great success on the tour having won at Marriott Tudor Park in August 2009 and collecting three victories during 2007 as he finished top of the Order of Merit.
With Â£10,000 going to the winner, a victory here could catapult Clark up the Order of Merit as he bids to reclaim a place on the Challenge Tour after an unsuccessful season there in 2008.
Scotlandâ€™s Paul Doherty (Vale Hotel) had an eventful day as nine birdies and three bogeys left him on six-under and in third place.
James Busby (The Shropshire), Neil Walker (Rotherham Golf Club) and Irelandâ€™s Brendan McCarroll (JFG Acadamie) are all a shot further back on five-under.
Order of Merit leader Daniel Gaunt is not in action this week on the EuroPro Tour so a good week from one of his nearest challengers could see a change at the top of the money list.
Ian Keenan (Royal Liverpool), a winner at Castle Dargan earlier this month, is well-placed as he is one of a host of golfers on four-under.
Others on the same mark include Michael Lowe (Wentworth), Michael Collins (foreireland.com), George Woolgar (capitalservices.com), Colin Goudie (seeitnowsports.com) and James Freeman (Worksop GC).
Robert Steele, who won at Burhill Golf Club earlier in the season, needs a stunning second round if he is to make the cut.
He endured a miserable day as double bogeys at the fourth and 17th, along with a triple-bogey seven at the par-four sixth, left him on seven-under, 14 shots behind Clark.
The second round starts at 7.30am on Wednesday and at the end of which the top 50 players plus ties will qualify for the final round on Thursday.
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