Zack Saltman shot a course-record 63 on the par-70 Lakes Course at Longhirst Hall Golf Club to take a one-stroke lead at the end of the opening round of the Sweetspot Classic, the tenth event of the 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour season.
Saltman (Archerfield Links Golf Club) had brother Lloyd as his caddy on his impressive round as he surged ahead of the field with six birdies and an eagle, slipping up only on the 17th where he took bogey five.
The other story of the day was Paul Doherty (Vale Hotel), who shot six birdies and had a hole in one on the back nine. His incredible finish took him to second, one off the lead after he opened with two bogeys.
The Scotsman has been in form recently and with three top ten finishes already this season heâ€™ll take a strong position on the Order of Merit should he register his first 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour win of the year this week.
Speaking after his round, leader Saltman said: â€œI holed a lot of putts today, but I had given myself chances today which was nice. I made an eagle on ten, a drivable par four, and my only bogey of the day was 17 but it was good to finish with a birdie at the last and get my score back up.
â€œI had Lloyd on my bag today and it must have helped. It was good and I was relaxed out there and then Lloyd knows what he is doing, he is a great player so it was good to have him out there.â€
Two players are tied for third after opening-round 64s at Longhirst Hall. Mathew Webb (www.webbysgolf.co.uk) had four birdies, and eagle and two bogeys on his opening 18, while Todd Adcock (The Nevill Golf Club) was unblemished and broke par at three, ten, 11 and 15.
Spectator entry to the event is free throughout the week, and Sky Sports HD will film Fridayâ€™s final round for a highlights programme to be shown on Tuesday, August 27, repeated three times on Wednesday, August 28.