Australia’s Geoff Parslow has a commanding lead heading into the second round of the Big 3 Records Monte Carlo Invitational at the Monte Carlo Golf Club.
Parslow, 54, from Melbourne, recorded an opening six under par 63 to stand three shots ahead of Spain’s Manuel Ballesteros and England’s Maurice Bembridge and David Creamer.
Another Englishman, Jim Rhodes, the current PGA Seniors champion, was tied for fifth place with America’s Jeff Van Wagenen after a two under par 67.
Parslow went out in four under par 30 with birdies at the 2nd, 6th, 8th and 9th, birdied the 10th, dropped a shot at the 16th but then finished strongly with further birdies at both the 17th and 18th. He now has a great chance to move up from 47th place on the money list after a disappointing season in which his only finish of note was a tie for 3rd place at the PGA Seniors Championship at The Belfry.
“That was undoubtedly my best round of the season,” he said. “I’ve been working on tightening up my golf swing and it seemed to work out there today.
“I also holed a lot of putts and that always helps to smarten up the card.”
Australia’s Noel Ratcliffe, who has a £21,000 lead at the top of the Seniors Tour Order of Merit recorded a two over par 71 to stand eight shots behind the leader. His near rival, England’s Tommy Horton returned a 69 to be in a share of 13th place.
In the separate pro-am contest 17-handicapper, Edward Wright, leads the way after an 11 under par 58 in partnership with America’s David Oakley.
Wright stands one shot ahead of Jimmy Tarbuck’s wife, Pauline, who played with South Africa’s Bobby Verway, and two in front of Hollywood superstar, Keven Costner, paired with Australia’s Bob Shearer, and local member, Sultane Camolotto, whose partner was England’s Karl Woodward.
Further down the list Tarbuck himself returned a 64 alongside Neil Coles, actor Christopher Lee and former tennis player, Henri Laconte returned 66s, and former Wimbledon champion, Jim Courier recorded a 68 in partnership with his pro partner, Priscillo Dinez.