Richard Wallis leads the Kerry London Championship by one stroke on six under par after the opening day of the third event of the 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour season at Burhill Golf Club in Surrey.
Jack Colegate is one stroke behind Wallis (Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club) with Irelandâ€™s Richard Weldon (Killen Castle) tied third with Nick McCarthy (Moortown Golf Club) on four under.
Will Roebuck is a further shot off the lead in fifth and nine players are tied sixth on two under par after the first round.
The top five all started their rounds on the tenth tee of Burhillâ€™s New Course. Wallis made his first of seven birdies on the par-five 11th, before taking just two shots on the 12th, a par three. A third birdie was made on the fifteenth before par breakers at the first, third and sixth on what was his back nine.
A bogey four on the eighth would have stolen Wallisâ€™ place as outright leader had he not responded with a birdie on the ninth.
Colegate (Rochester and Cobham Park) signed for an unblemished 67 after his opening round at the Kerry London Classic, with birdies at 11, 16, two, five and six sealing his slot just behind leader Wallis.
Weldon made five birdies on his opening round, but a bogey on the seventh forced him to sign for a 68. McCarthy also shot five birdies and a bogey, dropping a shot on the par-four 17th on his way to a four-under first round.
Following the conclusion of the Kerry London Championship the top five players on the Order of Merit will be invited to play in the Challenge Tourâ€™s Scottish Hydro Challenge, along with the top five placed Scottish nationals on the Order of Merit (provided that they are ranked in the top 100). This ensures the winner of the Kerry London Championship an invite to the Challenge Tour event in Scotland.
The Kerry London Championship is a 54-hole strokeplay event. A total of 168 players will play 18 holes on both Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31. There will then be a cut to the leading 50 players and ties who will play a final 18 holes on Saturday.
Spectator entry is free throughout the event, and a two-hour highlights show will be broadcast four times on Sky Sports on Wednesday, June 12.