Reid Trophy – Day One: Kim climbs into top spot

Kris Kim fired six birdies in a round of 67 to take the lead after day one of the Reid Trophy.

The Walton Heath golfer (main image) leads by one from Thorndon Park’s Charlie Croker after a day of strong competition at Porters Park Golf Club.

Oscar Lent – also from Walton Heath – and Cumberwell’s Toby Clark are a further shot back after signing for level par rounds of 70.

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In total, a field of 108 under 14 boys teed it up for the chance to follow in the footsteps of previous winners including current European Tour players Eddie Pepperell and Toby Tree.

Kim – starting out from the 10th hole – opened with a birdie to set the tone for his day.

He picked up further shots on his front nine at the 12th, 13th and 16th which more than offset bogeys on 11 and 14.

Another birdie on the first hole gave him a flying start to his back nine. Kim bounced back from a dropped shot at the seventh to birdie eight and come home in 33 blows.

Croker (pictured above) posted the same number of birdies and just one more dropped shot than his rival as he carded an impressive opening round of 68.

With 18 holes to be played on each of the next two days, there is still plenty for the chasing pack to go for in the pursuit of the trophy.

Eight players are within five shots of Kim and a field – including players from Spain, Malaysia and the UAE as well as the four home nations – will be aiming to finish in the top 70 in order to make the 36-hole cut and feature in the third and final day’s play.

 

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