ROGER WINCHESTER leads the way following the opening round of The Uplands Classic in Bristol, while the first hole-in-one of the 2005 PGA EuroPro Tour was hit by Barry Hume at The Players Club.
Woodcote Group star Winchester, a sponsors’ invitation to this event, recovered well from a poor start to hit the front.
The 38-year-old former European Tour member and English Amateur Champion opened with a six on the par-four first, but hit birdies at the sixth, eighth, tenth and 17th holes to card a two-under-par 70.
He is a shot clear of three players, including Australian John Wade, who won The Kronenbourg Classic at Whitekirk last week and shot 71 on Wednesday.
Scottish star Graham Gordon hit three birdies in his 71, while Lewis Atkinson landed an eagle at the sixth on his way to a total of one-under-par.
Eleven other players sit on level par, while European Tour member Mark Sanders has some ground to make up if he is to challenge the leaders after an opening round 76.
The highlight of the opening day came when Haggs Castle’s Barry Hume (pictured) hit the first hole-in-one of the 2005 PGA EuroPro Tour at the 13th hole.
The 23 year old Scot, who carded a four-over-par 76, also hit an ace last year and is now guaranteed a place at the 2005 Tour Championship and in this year’s ‘Peugeot Hole in One Challenge’.