Liam Bond (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland) got the 2015 Kempinski “The Dome” Pro-Am underway with a four-under par 68 at Antalya Golf Club in Belek, Turkey, to lead through Round 01 by two shots.
Perfect spring conditions in Turkey left the course open for good scoring but Antalya’s Pasha and PGA Sultan courses continued to prove the test that they are renowned to be. Bond’s round began with five regulation pars before a birdie-par-eagle run at the next three holes added a flash of colour to the scorecard.
A further birdie at the 10th took the Englishman to -4 and then a run of eight straight pars tied of his first round as solidly as it had begun.
Two shots behind is the PGA of Italy’s Gregory Molteni after a two-under par 69 around the PGA Sultan course.
An early start with birdies at two, three and later at seven got the Italian Professional to three-under par, but bogeys at 11 and 15 were only salvaged by another at 16 to leave him at two-under par.
Tied for third place are Ladisalv Tupa (PGA of Czech Republic) and Nick Baron (PGA of GB&I) who each made steady one-under par first rounds on the Pasha Course. Both Professionals had up and down rounds compared to those players ahead of the but managed to salvage sub-par rounds to remain only a few shots off the pace.
The Team Pro-Am competition is led by PGA of Israel Professional Itamar Cohen, and his amateur teammates, Guy Benhamo, Moti Fishman and Charlie Uzan, with a total of 87 points (-15), ahead of PGA of Poland Professional, Lukasz Szadny, and amateurs Krysztof Burdalski, Mariusz Konieczny and Waldemar Kowalczykowski with 86 points (-14).