PGA of Sweden Professionals, Andreas Gronkvist and Gabriel Axell, battled through strong winds at Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club, Costa Daurada, Spain, to card a six-under par 65 to lead the Golfbreaks.com Fourball Championship after Round 1 by two shots.
The Swedish team made light work of their opening nine-holes with a birdie on the third and a stunning eagle on the par-four sixth hole on Lumine’s Lakes course, which was then followed up by another two birdies on holes 11 and 12. A blip bogey on 15 was swiftly countered by their second eagle of the round at the par-five 15th hole.
Two pairs share second place, with one of them coming from the Lakes course as well in the form of Xavier and Alain Ruiz Fonhof (PGA of Holland) who carded 14 regulation pars and four birdies to finish up with a four-under par 67.
The other pair tied for second place hailed from across the road at Lumine’s Hills course, and share an incredible 962 European Tour appearances between them – Paul Broadhurst and Robert Coles.
Both players represent the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland, and began their campaign with three birdies in the first three holes of the par-72 course, and a single bogey on the seventh that was countered by birdies on 10 and 16 gave them a solid four-under 68.
Four pairs – Jesus Maria Arruti & Fernando Roca (PGA of Spain), Calle Carlsson & Ake Nilsson (PGA of Norway and PGA of Sweden), Jose Carro Pernas & Luis Portela Rial (PGA of Spain), and George Cowan & Michael Nesbit (PGA of GB&I) – sit in a tie for fourth place, with the top 25 pairs all under par. All the pairs are readying themselves for Round 2 ‘moving day’ to ensure they make the cut mark of 40th place and ties.
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IMAGE CAPTION: Strong winds at Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club, Spain