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Trio share the lead after day one in Cyprus

Trio share the lead after day one in Cyprus

September 30th, 2010

THREE men share the lead after the first day in the biggest event of the 2010 PGA EuroPro Tour season.

The Marfin Popular Bank EuroPro Tour Championship features only players ranked inside the top 60 on the Order of Merit and is being staged at Aphrodite Hills Golf in Paphos, Cyprus.

A successful event in Cyprus could clinch the players a spot on next year’s Challenge Tour where they would be only one level away from joining the golfing elite on the European Tour.

Nicky Harris (Whitefield GC), Jeremy Kavanagh (Stoke Park) and James Hepworth (Ilkley GC) are all level in first place after shooting rounds of four-under on Wednesday.

Harris claimed birdies at the third, fifth, 14th and 18th, while Kavanagh and Hepworth will be rueing dropped shots that would have gave either of them an outright lead.

The trio sit one shot ahead of Daniel Perrett (Clevedon GC) in fourth and two ahead of James Heath, Kevin Harper (East Devon) and Noel Fox in tied fifth.

In previous seasons, the players who finish the campaign in the top five on the EPT Order of Merit advance to the Challenge Tour.

However, seven players from the 2010 EuroPro Tour will move up to the Challenge Tour. Daniel Gaunt (winner of a Challenge Tour event earlier in the year) and Craig Lee (guaranteed a place in the top 80 of the Challenge Tour money list) have already secured their spots at the higher level.

Matthew Evans and James Hepworth are guaranteed high finishes on the EPT money list so three spots are still up for grabs.

Nick McCarthy is currently fourth in the Order of Merit and needing a good competition but lies tied 29th after a day one score of two-over.

Other Challenge Tour contenders include Ian Keenan (+1), James Busby (Evens), Paul Maddy (+2), Gary Wolstenholme (+2) and Zane Scotland (+3).

There is no cut in the Marfin Popular Bank EuroPro Tour Championship so all of the players will play a second round on Friday and the final round on Saturday.

For more information about the PGA EuroPro Tour, visit the official website www.europrotour.com

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