Warren Bennett is one of seven golfers who share the lead at the end of the first round of PGA EuroPro Tour Qualifying School Final Stage at Frilford Heath Golf Club.
Bennett (Princeâ€™s GC), who won the Scottish PGA Championship in 1999, quit playing in 2009 after a string of injuries. He played six events on the 2011 PGA EuroPro Tour and returned to compete in the Open Championship last year. He is now looking to gain a high category to play on this summerâ€™s PGA EuroPro Tour.
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He shot 67 in his first round at Final Stage Qualifying School on Wednesday. Starting on the tenth tee of the Red Course, which stats suggest played two shots tougher than the Blue Course, he shot birdies at 13, two, four and an eagle at six on his way to five under par.
Tied with the 41-year-old are Luke Joy (Broadstone Golf Club) and Gary King (Tyrrells Wood), who also played their opening round on Frilford Heathâ€™s Red Course. Steven Fawcitt (Morpeth Golf Club), Steven Capper (Caldy Golf Club), Spaniard Sebastian Garcia Grout (Golf de Poniente) and Bruce McDonald (Pentland Golf) also shot 67s and played their first 18 holes on the Blue Course at the Oxfordshire venue.
Nine golfers are just one shot off the top after posting scores of 68 in their opening rounds. Ten golfers trail the leaders by two shots on three under par.
Former Premier League football Jimmy Bullard carded a three-over-par 75 in his opening round on the Blue Course.
PGA EuroPro Tour Qualifying School Final Stage takes place over 54 holes. All competitors play one round on the Red Course and one round on the Blue Course on alternate days, after which the field will be cut to the leading 120 players and ties who will play a final round on the Blue Course on Friday.
Leaderboard positions at the end of the week are used to determine categories for the 2013 PGA EuroPro Tour season.