Jonas Pettersson of Sweden got his bid to earn a European Tour card off to an impressive start with a four under par 68 to set the early pace in the First Qualifying Stage – Section A at Ribagolfe in Portugal.
It’s the start of a long road for many hopefuls with two stages to be negotiated before the six round examination at the Final Stage. Those who make the grade will have played 280 holes to reach their goal.
The First Qualifying Stage – Section A is taking place this week at Ribagolfe, Lisbon, Portugal and The London Club, a European Tour Destination, in Kent, England.
Pettersson made his score with a run of four birdies in five holes on his back nine, with an eagle on the 12th, his third also helping. Having started on the tenth, he bogeyed the 11th before getting his bid on track with his eagle. While he dropped a shot on the 15th he hit back with an immediate birdie before a hat-trick of birdies after the turn and another on the fifth. Although he dropped a shot on the sixth, his four under par round was enough for a one stroke lead over Neil Chaudhuri on England and Portugal’s Tiago Cruz.
At The London Club, Daniel Perrett of England and Tino Sluiter of The Netherlands were first out of the blocks, shooting matching 65s to lead by one from two other Englishmen, Will Roebuck and Ryan Harrison.