Chris Kelly keeps up fine form

CHRIS Kelly continued in the rich vein of form he has found to share top spot after the opening round of the latest Xltec Pro Golf Tour event at Hilton Park near Glasgow.

The former Scottish PGA champion, who won last week's Duke of Roxburghe Challenge on the Tartan Tour, fired a three-under 67 to finish alongside Stuart Pardoe in the race for the 850 first prize. Host club amateur Gordon Yates used his local knowledge to good effect and hit a 68 to sit in a share of third.

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Carnoustie pro Keir McNicoll opened with a one-under 69, one stroke better than his younger sister Katy and Ladies European Tour rookie Kylie Walker.

Andrew Oldcorn, the 2001 PGA champion, finished five off the pace after a 72 while Lynn Kenny (74) and Clare Queen (78) both found the going tough.