The PGA of Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli carded a superb blemish-free round of 66 (-5) to take a three shot lead after Round 01 of the first ever Lumine International Pro-Am.
Gagli, who finished tied third in the PGAs of Europe’s Fourball Championship earlier in the week, was once again in fine form at Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club.
“I am very happy with my round today,” explained Gagli. “I played a solid round with five birdies and no bogeys, and I’m really happy with that.”
On a day when only two players shot under par, the Italian made light work of the Lakes Course that had proved so challenging a few days previous.
“The course is in very good condition, the greens are great and also the weather is a little bit different from the Fourball, and so it is a little bit easier.
“[Playing in the Fourball has] of course helped because I have played two rounds [at the Lakes Course]… so I know the course a little bit better. The two courses are great, and in fantastic condition… they are good designs.
“I would like to win, but I have to think to just enjoy the week and play it shot by shot with my amateurs.”
Gagli reached the turn in 33 (-2) after making birdie on the par-five 2nd and par-four 9th. Birdies followed on the 10th, 14th and 18th, to give him a three shot cushion over the rest of the 18 Professional-strong field.
His closest pursuer, and the only other player in the field to shoot under par, is fellow PGA of Italy Professional Craig Williams who carded a two-under round of 69, which included four birdies and two bogeys.
“I feel I played well out there and hit a lot of greens in regulation” said Williams. “I haven’t had chance to practice much over the winter because I’ve been coaching… but I hope that I keep playing this well and who knows what will happen this week.”
There is a two-way tie for third between Bjorn Pettersson (PGA of Sweden) and Itamar Cohen (PGA of Israel), both of whom shot rounds of even par (71).
The Team Pro-Am Competition is headed by the quartet led by PGA of France Professional Eric Colletta, with a stableford score of 91 points (-19). Playing alongside amateurs Pierre Fedrigo, Marc Olivier Faboumy and Didier Raoul, Colletta and his team have established a six-point lead over Team David Foley (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland). Making up the top three, and only one shot back, are Team Simon Williamson (PGA of GB&I).
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