Damaso Carrera takes early lead at Pestana Gramacho IGT Open

Spain’s Damaso Carrera today shot a 4 under par 68, to lead a group of four players on 69 and take the 1st round lead on super windless day which made good scoring possible.

Carrera, turned with 2 birdies at the 1st and 6th holes offset by a bogey at the 7th, in one under 35, and then added a further 3 birdies at the 12th, 13th and 18th holes against no bogeys to hand in a tidy round of 68.

Grouped on 69, 3 under par, are four players which include challenge Tour player Ricardo Santos (Portugal) Moises Cobo (Spain), Mark Hooper(UK), and former European tour and Q. school winner Daniel Silva who had an exciting 5 birdies and 1 eagle in his round.

Cobo bagged a total of 7 birdies, 2 on the front and 5 on the back side, but a double bogey 6 on the par 4 16th put him into 2nd spot, one behind his country man.cas8089520

Mark Hooper (UK) and Ricardo Santos played steady rounds to form a tight bunch at the top of the leaderboard, closely followed by Antonio Sobrinho (Portugal) who shot a 2 under par 70 after closing with a disappointing bogey on the par 5 18th, and Alberto Dóniga-Lara winner of the Quinta do Vale IGT Open, scoring a 71.

Carrera highlighted the quality of the greens and warm conditions that enable young professionals to practice and complete, as opposed to having 4 weeks of no proper practice in his hometown of northern Spain. He added that as a 1st year professional he intends to play most of the IGT events to prepare him for a quick start to the other tours commencing in the autumn, and looks forward to a good battle over the next couple of days.