Jarmo Sandelin takes the lead after the first round of the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship

Jarmo Sandelin has taken the lead at this year’s Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship after an exciting opening day of the tournament at Trevose Golf and Country Club

Finishing his round on -6, it sets up what is sure to be a tightly contested second round tomorrow, with three players breathing down his neck just one stroke behind the leader.

Five-time European Tour winner Barry Lane, South African star Chris Williams and former European Tour player Stuart Little all concluded their opening round with a score of -5.

But it is five-time European Tour winner Sandelin who claims the lead after the first day’s play of the inaugural championship. Speaking after his round he said:

“I’m really pleased with how I played. I managed to get a birdie early on and was obviously delighted to make an eagle on the fourth. I followed this up with two consecutive birdies and I felt like the momentum was with me.

The weather has been amazing today and I’m looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow. It’s great to be leading after the first round.”

There is still plenty to play for with the Alliance element of the tournament concluding tomorrow before the amateurs step aside ahead of Sunday’s final day.

Ex-European Tour winner and Ryder Cup star Peter Baker is still in the mix after finishing in joint fifth with a score of -4. His round included three consecutive birdies. A stroke behind him on -3 is local player and Trevose Golf & Country Club member Mike Reynard. The Truro based golfer is within touching distance of the leading pack and will be hoping to continue this form into the rest of the championship.

Event Host Ian Woosnam OBE also had a strong opening round. Finishing on -1. He made birdie on the sixth.

One of the event’s biggest stars, 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie OBE, sadly had his day cut short when he was disqualified after just five holes. Mistakenly hitting Carl Mason’s ball instead of his own, he will now miss the remainder of the event.    

In the Alliance amateur Neil Walker and his professional Steen Tinning are leading the competition on -12, two shots ahead of the chasing pack.

Professionals will continue to battle it out tomorrow for the chance to win the inaugural Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship title and the €50,000 prize that comes with it. 

For more information on this year’s Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship, get in touch with Benny Lawrence at event organisers Champions (UK) plc. Call 08453 31 30 31 or email blawrence@championsukplc.com