England’s Joshua White signed for fawless 67, 5 under on Asia course and duo Thimothée Guin from France and Northern Ireland Simon Ward both shot 68 on America course.
The weather conditions were perfect for this opening day in La Cala. Fair temperatures, 18°C and gentle brizze to welcome the Alps Tour Q School Stage 1 player. There are no less than 67 spots to entre the final stage, 34 on America and 33 on Asia.
White, 22 year from Surrey, tamed brilliantly the 18 holes of America course. He had his momentum with a hat trick of birdies holed from the 10th.The course defended itself well though. Only 7 players managed to play under par. Italy’s Nunzio Lombardi, Alps Tour winner, is the closest challenger of the Englishman with -4. The projected ‘cut’ is +5 after one day.
On Asia course, 22 year old Frenchman Guin and Belfast native Ward both lead with -4. There are 14 players who shot under par and the projected line to play the next step is +2.
On the podium, on both courses, a mix of nationalities. On Asia, two stokes bak of the lead, Spain’s Alfonso Gutierez, England’s Josh Loughrey and Italian amateur Fédérico Maccaro. On America, only one shot behind leading duet, Englishmen Thomas Coulson and Martin Edge neck to neck with Northern Ireland’s Matthew McAlpin and former Scottish Amateur Champion John Gallagher.