Thompson sets benchmark at Mannings Heath with opening 63

Rhys Thompson will take a one-shot lead into the second day of The Nokia Masters after a stunning opening round of nine-under-par for 63. The Whitley Bay golfer went out in 32 and returned in 31 for a breathtaking opener to set him up for the week.

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Adam Chapman (Penrith Golf Hub) was bogey-free as he went out in 31 with five birdies on the card continuing his solid opening day with a further three back to back on the back nine from 11 to hold the tied clubhouse lead for the majority of the opening day before Thompson completed his round.

Dan Brown’s day was also clear of any mistakes with an eagle on the card at the eighth, the pick of the bunch. The Romanby Golf Club golfer is looking to bounce back from losing out in a playoff for the title at Clevedon Golf Club to Stephan Shephard.

Hanbury Manor Golf Club’s Taylor Carter has trended in the right direction of late and continued that with a blemish free day of seven-under for 67 to sit one off the lead with Crewe Golf Club’s Harry Beavan. Beavan’s back nine will certainly be memorable for him with his run from 10 to 15 being birdie, birdie, bogey, birdie, bogey, and an eagle. Jeff Wright (Airdrie Golf Club) is also sat at seven-under two behind after a day that could’ve been even better if it wasn’t for two blemishes on the card.

17 players are all three back from the lead at six-under-par at tied seventh so it will prove to be the very definition of moving day on Thursday. Calum Fyfe’s round a stand out with all six of his birdies coming on the back nine as he came in for 30. Amongst the 17 is plenty of winning pedigree with the likes of Sam Broadhurst, John Parry, Will Enefer, Chris Gane, and Mark Young in tow.

Tomorrow

The second round of The Nokia Masters at Mannings Heath Golf & Wine Estate will commence on a one tee start from 6:30 am with players taking on one more round before the cut is made to the leading 50 players.

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Highlights from The Nokia Masters will air on Sky Sports Golf on Tuesday 17, August at 6pm with further airings throughout the following days. You can also watch highlights on Matchroom.Live free of charge.