DAVID FISHER defied a disrupted preparation to fire in a course record 64 on the first day of The Marriott Sprowston Manor Open in Norwich.
Fisher arrived at the Norfolk course just hours before his tee-off time following a delayed challenge in Monday’s qualifying for The Open.
But he put that behind him to card a superb round of -7 to give himself a three-shot lead after the opening day.
He failed to drop a shot during his round, landing two birdies during his opening nine holes and adding an eagle and three more birdies on the back nine.
“It’s been a bit wierd for me recently,” revealed Fisher. “I’ve been playing pretty solid golf but then one or two sloppy shots have seen me come up with big scores at a hole and that’s cost me.
“But today it was almost a perfect round, I felt I was playing with more confidence and it all slotted together.
“I struck the ball well, got on a roll and my putting was solid.
“It’s pretty uncharted territory for me being ahead but I kept my concentration and hopefully I can keep it up.”
The winner of the Marriott Sprowston Manor Open, along with the top four in the Order of Merit after the tournament, will win a place on the Challenge Tour event in Killarney later this month.
Fisher admitted: “That is an added motivation for me.
“I knew how big this event could be for me and that’s why I put in the extra effort to get down here last night.
“Because of the thunder storms it was 9.30pm when I came off the course and I had a three hour drive from Hindhead to get here – but today made it worthwhile!”
Michael Welch continued his good recent form by carding five birdies on his way to a round of 67 to sit alone in second place at -4.
Nine players, including Marriott Sprowston Manor’s Matthew Green, shot 68 on the opening day to put themselves in contention.
Full first round scores and second round tee times are available by clicking the Score Updates link to the right.