Alessio Bruschi carded a course record round of 64 to finish a stroke clear after round one of the First Qualifying Section C at Circolo Golf Bogogno.
The Italian had a fine day on the greens, carding nine birdies and one bogey, a score which leaves him handily placed to progress with those in 24th place and ties earning a spot in Stage Two.
In second place is Swiss amateur Joel Girrbach who went blemish free on Tuesday, with five birdies and one of only six eagles on the day, to finish narrowly behind Bruschi.
A trio of players are three shots behind the top two in a tie for third, with Switzerland’s Nicolas D’Incau, Italy’s Andrea Bolognesi both alongside America’s Michael Jensen at four under par.
While two time Challenge Tour winner Antti Ahokas, who triumphed at the ECCO Tour Championship and 103 Abierto VISA de la Republica presentado por Peugeot in 2008, is in a five way tie for sixth place at three under par.
The Finn is alongside Mark Hoffman, Horacio Leon, Hugo Leon, and Andrea Romano.
Meanwhile over at Ribagolfe, Justin Pieters fired a seven under par round of 65 on Tuesday to carve out a two stoke lead in Portugal.
The Belgian has been under the guidance of compatriot Nicolas Colsaerts, and he put that experience to good use in making nine birdies on Tuesday. Two dropped shots took a little shine off of an otherwise sublime display, and he is a couple of strokes clear of two men in second place.
One of these is American Daniel Berger who carded six birdies and two bogeys in his first eight holes en route to a five under par opening score, and he is alongside Chile’s Martin Ureta.
Three Spaniards – Vicente Blasquez, Eduardo Larrañaga and Diego Suazo – are all at four under par and in a tie for fourth, and they are alongside Canada’s Jordan Krantz.