GRAEME Storm and Kenneth Ferrie are tied third among a group of seven players with scores of 68 at the Hassan Trophy in Morocco, in Storm’s case after a remarkable opening day rollercoaster.
Storm led for the second event in a row when he reached seven under in the first round with two holes to play on the Royal Palace course in Agadir.
Storm (pictured below) had started his round on the tenth and was three under following his first nine holes which brought him two eagles, a birdie and two bogeys.
Over the return journey to the clubhouse, the only hole he parred was the first, his tenth.
Storm bogeyed the second and totted up five birdies in a row between holes three and seven. Then came three steps back.
He saw a chip come back to his feet on the short eighth – his 17th – and after double-bogeying there he dropped another shot at his last hole.
“A month ago I wanted to pack the game in, so where I am now is a massive leap forward,” said the former French Open champion.
Storm and Ferrie are two shots off the lead on four under, although Ferrie’s round was sedate by comparison.
The Ashington player was level par going out and he picked up all his shots on the back nine with two birdies and an eagle.
Eleven strokes on one hole has almost certainly ended Robert Rock’s hopes of celebrating his 25th birthday at The Masters in a fortnight’s time.
The septuple bogey came on the 424-yard fourth and led to Rock opening with a five-over 77, 12 shots more than leader Damien McGrane.
ELLIE Givens, from Darlington, just along the road from Storm’s home town of Hartlepool in County Durham, also found herself in Agadir yesterday for an encouraging debut day on the Ladies European Tour.
The women’s event, the Lalla Meryem Cup, is being played in the same south Morocco resort at the Ocean club.
Givens, 23, signed for a one-under round of 70 to lie tied 12th, three shots behind joint French leaders Julie Maisongrosse and Jade Schaffer.