Jonny Caldwell makes bright start in Spain

Jonathan Caldwell
Jonathan Caldwell

Jonathan Caldwell is among four golfers who share the five under par first-round lead in the PGA EuroPro Tour’s Matchroom Sport Tour Championship at Desert Springs Resort in Spain.

Caldwell (BetMcLean) is joined at the top of the round one scoring by Sam Connor (Alsager Golf & Country Club), Yorkshireman Daniel Gavins (Walton Driving Range) and Cheshire’s Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest), who all recorded opening-round 67s on Wednesday.

Banbridge GC’s Richard Kilpatrick carded a three under par 69 to finish day one in the share of ninth position.

Alan Dunbar (Team Ireland) opened his campaign with a one over par 73, the same mark as Ireland’s Brian Casey.

Simon Ward (Belvoir Park GC) is a shot further back after an opening 74.

The tournament boasts a record-breaking prize fund with the winner to nett £20,000.

That means victory could catapult any of the participants into the top five on the Order of Merit, from which the top five earners will graduate to the Challenge Tour in 2016.