Golf ... and after the first round of a GBP 30,000 international golf tournament sponsored?
Golf ... and after the first round of a GBP 30,000 international golf tournament sponsored by Martini at Epsom in Surrey, England, 26-year-old Martin Foster from Yorkshire held a one stroke lead. Foster shot a five under par 66 to keep at bay a strong challenge from the two top Spanish professionals, Severiano Ballesteros and Francisco Abreu, who both finished the round with 67s.
SYNOPSIS: Ballesteros, top golfer in Europe for the past two years set the early pace.
American golfer, Gaylord Burrows, finished the round well down the table.
Spaniard Francisco Abrue putts here on the ninth green to go four under par. There is a strong Spanish contingent at the tournament which is the first professional event of the season in Britain.
And it was the 21-year-old Ballesteros who attracted the largest gallery. He won seven tournaments last year and says he is out to do better this season.
The Australian World Cup player, Greg Norman, who is defending the Martini title, had problems on the 18th. Norman's drive off the tee had left his ball stuck in a tractor rut in the middle of the fairway and he called on the umpire to examine the problem.
After a brief stoppage the Australian opted to play the ball from its sunken position in preference to forfeiting a penalty stroke for removing it, but it put him off. Tony Jacklin of Great Britain was involved in a similar incident but misrecorded it on his card. For the error he had to be disqualified. Greg Norman took two putts on the 18th green to finish with a one over par 72.
Meanwhile Ballesteros had been playing consistent golf and on the 18th he picked up two strokes. He was on to the green in two and this putt gave him an eagle for the par five hole. His 67 put him in second place with compatriot Abreu and Nick Faldo of Great Britain, one stroke behind Martin Foster.