Friday, 27 August 1999
Unknown Australian Geoff Parslow upstaged the Seniors stars with a 66 and two shot lead in the first round of the Belfry PGA Seniors Championship at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield.

The 52-year-old former Gold Coast club professional extracted eight birdies from the tricky PGA National course on the way to his best round in three years as a senior.

Parslow, who has a course designing business based around the Far East, said he didn't even own a set of clubs while teaching for ten years before joining the over 50s. "It's taken some time to get the competitive game going again, but I guess it worked OK today."

He stands two ahead of a posse of six on four under 68. They include Northern Ireland's Hugh Jackson, Scots David Huish and Gordon Macdonald and former Wales World Cup player Craig Defoy.

Jackson's 68 was his best round in five years and he achieved it with a run of seven successive single putts, including four birdies, from the ninth.

It was not the best of starts for some of Europe's better known seniors. Defending champion Tommy Horton found only one birdie in a 74, and Neil Coles, on a hot streak following two victories over the past four weeks, was disappointed with a 76.

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