STEVE Uzzell and Ryan Brown are early leaders on a rain affected opening day of the latest PGA EuroPro Tour event.
Play was delayed for more than two hours at the beginning of the day after heavy rain at the Formby Hall course in Merseyside.
But Uzzell, who turned 27 last month, grasped his opportunity when he went out with a score of 67, five under par.
Uzzell, a member of the Hornsea Golf Club, is aiming to go one better than in June when he finished runner-up at Bovey Castle in Devon.
He is currently 15th on the Order of Merit and is well-placed to earn more money after a flawless round with birdies at the seventh, ninth, 16th, 17th and 18th.
Uzzell was an early clubhouse leader but was soon joined on five-under by 23-year-old Brown (Worksop). Brown also did not drop a shot and birdies at both of the final two holes helped him to a share of the lead.
Nick McCarthy (Moortown) is in contention for his third top ten finish of the season following a score of three-under on day one.
It was an eventful round as birdies at the first, third, ninth, tenth, 14th and 18th were mixed with bogeys at the fifth, sixth and 11th.
Kevin Harper (East Devon) and Jeremy Kavanagh (Stoke Park) are among those on two-under, while Sean McDonough (Salisbury GC) made a bright start with an eagle on the par-five third.
Daniel Gaunt has continued his amazing form that has seen him storm to the top of the EuroPro Tour money list and also claim his first victory on the Challenge Tour.
Gaunt is on course for another high finish as he is currently among a large group of players all on one-under.
Amateur golfing legend Gary Wolstenholme (Carus Green GC) is struggling to make the cut in his first tournament back since winning at Stoke-by-Nayland in Essex at the beginning of July.
Wolstenholme, who turns 50 later this month, has represented England more times than any other player but three dropped shots in the back nine left him in trouble here.
The delay in play meant the first round was expected to be completed early on Thursday before the start of the second round.
After the second round the top 50 plus ties will advance to a final round on Friday where the overall champion will collect Â£10,000.