Ireland’s Liam Higgins holds the lead with a two-under par 69 at the end of the first round of the Lawrence Batley Seniors at Huddersfield GC.
Higgins, 57, from Waterville, held a two stoke lead when torrential rain caused play to be suspended last night with 23 players still out on course and he retained that advantage when the first round was completed in bright but blustery conditions this morning.
The Irishman’s nearest challengers are America’s David Oakley and Australians, Terry Gale and Ian Stanley who all recorded one-under par 70s before played ceased last night.
Best round of the morning came South Africa’s John Fourie who completed a level par 71 to be tied fifth alongside defending champion, Northern Ireland’s Eddie Polland, his compatriot, David Jones and Scotland’s David Huish.
England’s Jim Rhodes and Bryan Carter completed one-over par 72s to share ninth place.
Carter, who is playing under a special sponsors invitation, is the father of European Tour player, David Carter
Defending champion, Northern Ireland’s Eddie Polland, made a fine start to his defence with an opening level par 71 which might have been better but for dropping a shot at each of his last two holes.
“It was a disappointing way to finish but it’s still not a bad start considering the conditions,” said Polland, who won two tournaments on the 1999 European Seniors Tour, but whose best finish so far this season has been a tie for 10th place at the Microlease Jersey Seniors Open.
“I felt I played quite nicely out there and at least I know I shouldn’t be too far behind when the second round starts”, he added.