England’s Bob Cameron put together a sizzling first round of seven under par 65 on the sun kissed island of Tobago to take a one shot lead from Irish Ryder Cup legend Eamonn Darcy at the Tobago Plantations Seniors Classic.
Cameron, who holds the record for the lowest score ever recorded on the European Seniors Tour (a stunning 61 at the 2004 San Remo Masters) played some white hot golf during the first days play at the Tobago Plantations Golf and Resort, registering nine birdies and eight pars en route to his outstanding round of 65.
His only mistake of the day came on the par for 13th hole where he ran up a double bogey six, but the 51 year old Englishman responded to his only set back of the day in tremendous fashion as he birdied four of his closing five holes to take control of the tournament.
Darcy, meanwhile, started the day with six straight pars amidst the morning drizzle before making his charge to the top of the leaderboard with a fantastic run of six birdies in 12 holes as the Tobagonian sunshine began to beat down on the Tobago Plantations Golf and Resort.
Australian Noel Ratcliffe is in third place on four under par after an opening round of 68, with a further seven players on three under and six Seniors Tour Members – including defending champion Carl Mason of England – on two under par.
For Cameron, the opening day of the tournament represented a glorious start to the same event in which he finished in fifth place two years ago.
“I played really nicely today and I have to be pleased with that start. That was by far and away the best round that I have ever had on this course, even though I have good memories of finishing fifth here back in 2003.
“I got going early on in the round with a birdie at the second, and then on the third hole – which I would say is the hardest hole on the golf course – I put a five iron to just three feet and that really gave me the confidence to go from there and try to put a low score together.
“I then made birdies on the tenth and eleventh before my double bogey at the 13th which was the result of a terrible chip towards the green which I followed up by three putting. But I finished the day strongly and I just hope I can do the same again tomorrow and Sunday.”
Darcy was delighted with his start to the tournament after a winter of limited practice back home in Enniskerry, Ireland.
“I’m really pleased with that,” said Darcy. “I had one bad shot today – mind you it was a really bad one! – when I topped my tee shot on the 15th. I had the rescue club in my hand and it only went about 150 yards so I just kept the same club out of the bag and thankfully knocked the second shot onto the green and made my par.
“Apart from that, it was great. I have been practicing as much as I could over the last two weeks but it’s just been so cold back home that it makes it pretty difficult, but I came out here last Saturday and have done a good bit of work every day since getting here and it looks to be paying off, so I’m delighted about that.”