Destinations Section - Pestana Vale da Pinta Golf Resort (Getty Images)
American Charlie Bolling was the early leader in the first round of the European Senior Tour Qualifying School Final Stage, carding three birdies to reach the turn in three under par 31 at Pestana Golf Resort’s Vale da Pinta.
Compatriot Dick Mast, who led the qualifiers from First Stage at Gramacho, continued his fine form on Portugal’s Alrgarve, with three birdies in a row after starting on the tenth tee.
Englishman Steve Cipa was also among the bright starters, birdieing the tenth before eagling the par five 12th hole.
A total of 74 players are battling it out at the 72 hole Final Stage at Vale da Pinta, with the top six securing cards for the 2012 season and those finishing seventh to 14th earning conditional playing privileges.