There is a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard after the first round of the Norwegian Open at Losby near Oslo. Germany’s Kariem Baraka and Felix Lubenau, Ulf Wendling from Austria, and Australian Justin Cooper are bracketed on five-under-par 67. They are a shot clear of English pair Stuart Little and Tim Milford and Irishman Francis Howley.
Baraka is a nephew of Bernhard Langer and has been a professional for just a few months. He was in the first match out in the calm of the morning and his 67 was equalled by Cooper, one of his playing partners.
Lubenau and Wendling were also morning starters and their mark remained the best of the day, as conditions after lunch became trickier when a stiff wind got up, making scoring that bit harder.
Best of the afternoon men were Milford and Howley, while seven players are grouped on 69 including two more Englishmen, Jason Cayless and Simon Khan, Olivier David from France, Spain’s Raul Quiros, Jean Ciola from Switzerland, Sweden’s Andreas Lindberg, and the best-placed Norwegian, Knut Ekjord.
Tow others players experienced the highs and lows of tournament play. England’s Darren Parker holed his six-iron tee shot at the 159m eighth hole, but another Englishman, Carl Duke was disqualified for signing for a wrong score after returning 78