A TOUGH course at Longhirst Hall in Northumberland saw a number of top players struggle on the opening day of the latest PGA EuroPro Tour event.
Low scores were at a premium in the Dawson and Sanderson Classic, the fourth tournament in the 2010 season.
Nick McCarthy (Moortown) was one of only a handful of golfers who went round under par.
He claimed birdies at the seventh, 12th and 15th that helped him to an early lead, but bogeys at the last two holes ruined his hard work.
McCarthy, has made the cut at two events so far this season and was in the top 30 of the 2009 Order of Merit after two ten finishes â€“ at Wychwood Park and Fairmont St Andrews.
He will start day two on one-under, while Scott Herald (Mearns Castle Golf) and Chris Roake (Buckinghamshire Golf Club) are both on the same total.
It was a mixed day for Australian Daniel Gaunt, who started the event at the top of the Order of Merit.
Gaunt ended day one on two-over par despite birdies at the second, 12th and 18th. However, bogeys at the eighth, ninth and 15th along with a double bogey six on the par-four fourth proved costly.
Ian Keenan (Royal Liverpool) won last weekâ€™s tournament at Castle Dargan in Ireland and he started brightly today with three birdies in his first six holes.
However, his round ended badly as a double-bogey on the par-four eighth was later followed by a disastrous 14th when he took six shots on the par-three.
Justin Evans (Wentworth Club) came second at Castle Dargan but needs a miracle to make the cut at this event after a shocking opening round.
Three double bogeys and a triple bogey on the fourth left Evans on +14 after 15 holes as he was heading for one of the worst scores of the day.
For all the scores from the opening day of the PGA EuroPro Tour, please go to www.europrotour.com and then click on â€˜Score Updatesâ€™ on the right-hand side.