Round 01 of the 2016 BlackSeaRama Pro-Am got underway at the Ian Woosnam designed Lighthouse Golf and Spa Resort where the PGA of Spain’s Carlos Rodiles took the early lead after a four-under 67.
“I’m actually very happy with the way it finished,” explained Rodiles. “I birdied the last three holes which is always a bonus especially around the Lighthouse course. I started off really well and got to a couple under early on, but I sort of lost it a little bit mid-round. [But] I finished strong so overall it was a very positive day.
“We’ve got two more days at two spectacular golf courses – tomorrow is Thracian Cliffs which will probably determine the destiny of this golf tournament; you can’t be too aggressive there.”
Three birdies cancelled out three bogeys in his opening 10 holes, but the four birdies in from the 13th hole pushed him into the lead, one shot ahead of defending champion, Jonathan Grogan (PGA of Germany), and Panos Karantzias (PGA of Greece).
Karantzias carried on his form from the Aegean Airlines Pro-Am two weeks ago with an excellent opening 68 (-3) in which a super front nine 33 together with a level back nine left him in good stead after the opening 18 holes.
“It went great today,” said Karantzias. “Off the tee I was pretty solid, I putted great in the front nine but then ran out of putts on the back nine. The course was amazing as always. [Thracian Cliffs] tomorrow is going to be a little bit more challenging off the tee but as long as you keep the ball on the fairway then things get a little bit easier.”
Setting the early pace was the PGA of Slovenia’s Sebastian Ajster, who made a spectacular eagle on the par-five 3rd hole after hitting a six iron to a couple of feet, helping him on his way to a 70 (-1). This score was to be matched by the PGA of Italy’s Andrea Zanini and PGA of Turkey’s Hakan Yamac tying them at fourth place.
In the Team Pro-Am tournament it was the PGA of Italy’s Andrea Zanini, with amateurs Micol Marsala, Fabrizio Mo and Raul Mo, who lead the way after a superb opening 88 Points (-16). Just one point behind are the teams led by PGA of Spain’s Adam Sagar and Germany’s Grogan in T2 after an opening 87 points (-15).
Round 02 starts at 08.30 [GMT+3].at the Gary player designed Thracian Cliffs Golf Resort & Spa.
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