England’s Kevin Spurgeon made a blistering start in the early morning sunshine on the first day of the Bovis Lend Lease European Senior Masters over the Duke’s Course at Woburn Golf Club. The European Seniors Tour rookie from Bournemouth reached the turn in just 30 strokes in an outward nine that included a hole-in-one at the 134 yard third hole and three birdies.
Spurgeon, who turned 50 in April but has already accumulated four top ten finishes, birdied the par five 14th to go to six under and four shots clear at the top of the leaderboard.
Spurgeon's ace at the third, where he hit a wedge, earned him 134 bottles of wine from leading Australian wine company Hardys - one for every yard of the hole.
Another early beneficiary at Woburn was The Variety Club of Great Britain, which was presented with a 17-seater mini-bus on behalf on the construction industry by John Spanswick, Chairman and Chief Executive of tournament sponsor Bovis Lend Lease EMEA.