King reigns at Frilford Heath

Tommy King holds a one-stroke lead after day one of the final stage of Qualifying School for the 2012 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire.

King (Red Golf Management Ltd) shot five birdies on the back nine to record an eight-under round of 64 and top the scoreboard at the end of the first day in Oxon.

The former England A golfer from Ealing only turned professional this year and put in an impressive final-round performance to finish tied eighth in the first stage of qualifying at Stoke By Nayland last week.

Tyrrell Hatton (Harleyford Golf Club), who tied for second at the final stage of last year’s Qualifying School, sits in second after recording a round of 65 which included eight birdies.

Three birdies from the last four holes saw Jack Senior (Heysham Golf Club) finish two shots behind King in third with South African Darryn Lloyd (Acrabuild Ltd/W.Ash & Sons), who finished ninth in the 2011 money list, five under in fourth.

Five players – Nigel Lane (PGA Australia), Gareth Davies (Abbeydale GC), Nick Pateman (Red Golf Management), Mark Hooper (Rayleigh Golf Range) and Dale Whitnell (Five Lakes) – are tied for fifth having carded 68.

The second round begins at 8:15 on Thursday morning and live scoring will be available on this website.


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