Date: November 16, 2007

Cool performance from Coles

Englishman Robert Coles has taken the lead after the first round of the European Tour Qualifying School final as Gavin Flint proved the best of the Australasian contingent on day one at the San Roque course. Coles had an up and down start to his round under the typically sunny conditions near Cadiz in southern Spain, posting a birdie and a bogey within his first three holes. However, he delved deep to produce some impressive putting from then on in a six-under 66 round that sees him enjoy a two-stroke lead over a quintet of players at four-under. Flint, though, produced a solid two-under 70 on the first 18 holes of the marathon 108-hole tournament to be just four strokes behind the leader in a tie for 10th position. There are a trio of Australians one stroke further back as Scott Barr, Adam Bland and Matt Millar all scored one-under 71s, with Terry Pilkadaris at even par after his first round. Wade Ormsby, Peter Senior and New Zealand&aposs Steve Alker all carded one-over 71s to be one-stroke ahead of David Bransdon and Kiwi Gareth Paddison, while Adam Blyth and Jarrod Moseley found themselves a shot further back after posting three-over 75s.