Wednesday, 24 March 1999
Welshman David Park revelled in the rain in Spain to post a six-under-par 66 on the opening day of the OKI Telepizza Challenge at Golf del Guadiana at Badajoz.

It leaves him sharing the lead with Sweden's Mattias Eliasson and Sebastian de Miguel of Spain on a day when heavy rain washed away many of their rivals.

Park, the former Walker Cup man from Hereford, carded six birdies, three in each half, and felt that the rain helped his cause. "It helped me not to hit the ball too far," he said.

If there was a surprised man it was De Miguel. He spent practise day struggling to find his game on the range and was amazed that he should shoot so low.

"I had no feeling in my game yesterday, I was not hitting the ball well and I went on to the course this morning very rigid. But after my first birdie at the fifth everything fell into place," he said.

Eliasson, 23, felt his play was solid all round and that was reflected in his seven birdies.

The trio are a stroke ahead of another Swede, Ola Eliasson, and Greig Hutcheon, the Kent-based Scot, who had an eagle and four birdies in his 67.

Among those on 70 is Ryder Cup Spaniard Ignacio Garrido, who is opting to play his domestic tour instead of the Madeira Island Open. "I'm quite happy," he said. "I took three towels with me and they all finished soaked while I couldn't use my yardage book for the later holes as it was also saturated."

1st Round Scores :

1 Sebastian DE MIGUEL (Sp) 66
- David PARK (Wal) 66
- Mattias ELIASSON (Swe) 66
4 Greig HUTCHEON (Scot) 67
- Ola ELIASSON (Swe) 67
6 Eric CARLBERG (Swe) 69
7 José Manuel CARRILES (Sp) 70
- Maarten LAFEBER (Hol) 70
- Ignacio GARRIDO (Sp) 70
- Juan QUIROS (Sp) 70
- Juan Antonio MARIN (Sp) 70
- Dominique NOUAILHAC (Fr) 70
- Gianluca BARUFFALDI (It) 70
- Per JACOBSON (Swe) 70
- Mikael PILTZ (Fin) 70
- Mikael LUNDBERG (Swe) 70
- Gianluca PIETROBONO (It) 70
18 David LYNN (Eng) 71
- Nicolas VANHOOTEGEM (Bel) 71
- Johan SKOLD (Swe) 71
- Erik ANDERSSON (Swe) 71
- José Antonio JIMÉNEZ (Sp) 71
- Leif WESTERBERG (Swe) 71
- Bradley DREDGE (Wal) 71
25 Sammy DANIELS (SA) 72
- Antony MANASSON (Fr) 72
- Erol SIMSEK (Ger) 72
- Richard BLAND (Eng) 72
- Manuel BLANCO (Sp) 72
- Luis NAVARRO (Sp) 72
- Joaquin MILLAN (Sp) 72
- Andrew COLLISON (Eng) 72
- Richard MUSCROFT (Eng) 72
- Hennie OTTO (SA) 72
- José ROMERO (Sp) 72
36 Stephan WITTKOP (Ger) 73
- Thomas NIELSEN (Nor) 73
- Pehr MAGNEBRANT (Swe) 73
- Jose ROZADILLA (Sp) 73
- Alexandre BALICKI (Fr) 73
- Ulrik GUSTAFSSON (Swe) 73
- Arnaud LANGENAEKEN (Bel) 73
- Euan LITTLE (Scot) 73
- Matthew BLACKEY (Eng) 73
- Federico BISAZZA (It) 73
- Adam MEDNICK (Swe) 73
- Victor CASADO (Sp) 73
- Ian POULTER (Eng) 73
- David HIGGINS (Ire) 73
- Yago BEAMONTE (Sp) 73
- Felix LUBENAU (Ger) 73
- Kalle VAINOLA (Fin) 73
- Vicente ARPON (Sp) 73
- Javier SAN FELIX (Sp) 73
- Chris VAN DER VELDE (Hol) 73
- Daniel WESTERMARK (Swe) 73
- Markus BRIER (Aut) 73
- Andrew BARNETT (Wal) 73
- Fredrik HENGE (Swe) 73
60 Carlos QUEVEDO (Sp) 74
- Simon WAKEFIELD (Eng) 74
- Johan SELBERG (Swe) 74
- Francesco GUERMANI (Sp) 74
- Fr‚d‚ric CUPILLARD (Fr) 74
- Ignacio FELIU (Sp) 74
- Victor FERNANDEZ (Sp) 74
- Gustavo ROJAS (Arg) 74
- Rudi SAILER (Aut) 74
- Patxi AMATRIAIN (Sp) 74
- Scott WATSON (Eng) 74
- Pat WINSTON (Eng) 74
- Pablo NOVO (Sp) 74
- Bernardo SOLANES (Sp) 74
74 David VALLS (Sp) 75
- Ivo GINER (Sp) 75
- Raymond BURNS (N.Ire) 75
- Angel MATALLANA (Sp) 75
- Eduardo FERNANDEZ (Sp) 75
- Timothy MAXWELL (Eng) 75
- Uli WEINHANDL (Aut) 75
- Sergio MONTES (Sp) 75
- Igor IZULAIN (Sp) 75
- Pello IGUARAN (Sp) 75
- Nick LUDWELL (Eng) 75
- Jorgen AKER (Swe) 75
- Mario TADINI (It) 75
- Francis HOWLEY (Ire) 75
- Nils RORBAEK (Den) 75
- Niclas BJ™RNSSON (Swe) 75
- Gabriel SOTA (Sp) 75
91 Francisco DE BORJA (Sp) 76
- SOPRAN
- Lionel ALEXANDRE (Fr) 76
- Nicolas KALOUGUINE (Fr) 76
- Alvaro SALTO (Sp) 76
- Manuel MORENO (Sp) 76
- Ruben GONZALEZ (Sp) 76
- Carlos GARCIA (Sp) 76
- Mikko RANTANEN (Fin) 76
- John LOVELL (Eng) 76
- Juan JIMNEZ (Sp) 76
- Carlos BEAUTELL (Sp) 76
- John LAWSON (Fr) 76
- Patrik GOTTFRIDSON (Swe) 76
- Rafael BENITEZ (Sp) 76
105 Miguel CARRASCO (Sp) 77
- Scott DOWNTON (Eng) 77
- Renaud GUILLARD (Fr) 77
- Alvaro PRAT (Sp) 77
- Gabriel CA¥IZARES (Sp) 77
- Gary MURPHY (Ire) 77
- Eric GIRAUD (Fr) 77
- Vicente BALAZQUEZ (Sp) 77
- Lee THOMPSON (Eng) 77
- Simon HURD (Eng) 77
- Eric DE DONCKER (Bel) 77
- Jos‚ SOTA (Sp) 77
- Marco SOFFIETTI (It) 77
- Diego MORITO (Sp) 77
- Ricardo JIMNEZ (Sp) 77
- John HAWKSWORTH (Eng) 77
- Sean CORTE-REAL (Port) 77
122 Carlos BALMASEDA (Sp) 78
- Juan Carlos AGUERO (Sp) 78
- Stuart ANDREW (Eng) 78
- Christoph BAUSEK (Aut) 78
- Alfredo DAVILLA (Sp) 78
- Pauli HUGHES (Fin) 78
- Sean QUINLIVAN (Ire) 78
- Tomas AGUADO (Sp) 78
- Javier REVIRIEGO (Sp) 78
- Jose Luis GARCIA (Sp) 78
132 Murray URQUHART (Scot) 79
- Michael WELCH (Eng) 79
- Angel Luis SAURA (Sp) 79
- Daniel SANCHEZ (Sp) 79
- Fernando ROCA (Sp) 79
- Pascual JIMNEZ (Sp) 79
- Juan Angel ROSILLO (Sp) 79
- Mark LITTON (Wal) 79
140 Jose QUEVEDO (Sp) 80
- Stefano SOFFIETTI (It) 80
- Pascal EDMOND (Fr) 80
- Mariano APARICIO (Sp) 80
144 Jerome CHALLEN (Eng) 81
- David PASTOR (Sp) 81
- Juan SANCHEZ (Sp) 81
147 Luis CLAVERIE (Sp) 82
- German GARRIDO (Sp) 82
149 Fredrik LARSSON (Swe) 83
- Mike BENNER JNR (USA) 83
151 Jose SALGADO (Sp) 85
- Emmuele LATTANZI (It) 85
153 Pasi PURHONEN (Fin) 86
154 Cesar ALVAREZ (Sp) 91
155 Kevin CARISSIMI (USA) RT

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