Fast start has Open Beckoning For Blake

Newcastle’s Blake Windred sits on top of the leaderboard at the end of a rain-delayed opening round of the Kaskada Golf Challenge in Brno, the Czech Republic overnight.

Windred posted a bogey-free round of 65, including a final-hole birdie, to grab a share of the top spot on the leaderboard alongside local Stanislav Matus and South Africa JC Ritchie before play was suspended due to lightning.


“I rolled a few putts in but in saying that, I gave myself a lot of opportunities, and I was able to make six of them, so I’m pretty pleased.

“It’s a difficult course. If you miss a few tee shots, it can cost you a few shots. The plan is to just stay aggressive. There are a few tee shots where you just have to smoke driver down the middle.

“I feel like my game has been trending the last couple of weeks, that’s for sure, and having no bogeys out there definitely helps.” A happy Windred told the Challenge Tour Media post-round.

Windred is in red-hot form at the moment and fresh off a career-best tie for second at last month’s Challenge de Espana.

It’s an ideal time to find his best form, too, with this week’s highest non-exempt finisher and again at next week’s tournament, The LeVaudreuil Challenge in France, set to earn a spot in the 150th Open Championship at Royal St George’s

Several players were left frustrated by the almost two-hour delay due to the weather. Windred, however, wasn’t one of them and took advantage of the break to relax as only he knows how.

“It was a couple of hours’ delay and I just got some Netflix in, a bite to eat and then wheeled back out there. I didn’t think it was too bad.”

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