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Switzerland! Leads with six-under-par 65

Charly Simon of Spain emerged from a four-year sabbatical from the European Challenge Tour to storm into the lead in the first round of the Swiss Challenge presented by Association Suisse de Golf, thanks to a six under par 65.
The Marbella player has not played a single event on the Challenge Tour since 2010 and received a late invite for this week’s event at Golf Sempachersee, but he soon made up for lost time as he carded six birdies in his final nine holes, having started on the ninth, to climb to the summit.
Simon only arrived on site on Tuesday night and could not play in the Pro-Am, so had never played the course before tearing it apart with the best score of the opening day at the picturesque venue just outside Lucerne.
The 30 year old, who stopped playing competitive golf for almost two years to deal with family issues, believes that it was a mix of a relaxed attitude and a fresh mind which drove him on to the best round of his Challenge Tour career.
“The key was that I just had fun because I wasn’t expecting anything,” said the former Arizona State student, who was born Carlos but has been known as ‘Charly’ since a very young age. “It’s my first tournament of the year after a long time without playing.
“I had things I had to solve at home so I've been practising a lot, and playing some local tournaments in Spain and in the USA, but I wasn’t practising to compete really.
“In October 2012 I stopped, and I started playing again a couple of months ago. My parents got divorced so I had to help out with that at home and stay with my mother for a while.
“But it definitely made me a lot more mature and puts things into perspective, what’s important and what’s not. I’ve been thinking, ‘If you make a bogey, so what?’ Then you see the course differently.
“I had been preparing mentally all my life for professional golf but now I know what’s important and in golf you’re not going to play well every day. Once you know that, you’ll enjoy it no matter what.
“I'm just taking it all in right now, I'm having so much fun. Before I took a break it wasn’t much fun for me but having been away for so long, it’s great fun now.
“I had never played the course before because I got an invite at the last minute. I walked the course yesterday but that was it.
“Again, it’s just about having fun – I don’t care if I'm going to blow it or whatever I do, I'm just trying to have fun. It’s not like professional golf is new to me, I know all about it. But there is no pressure on me whatsoever - if I shoot 61 tomorrow great, if I shoot 75 that’s fine too.”
Simon ended the day a shot clear of the chasing pack, with three players sharing second place on five under par.

One of those was Bernd Ritthammer, who last Sunday finished in a share for 29th place at the D+D Real Slovakia Challenge before driving all the way to Munich just in time to watch the World Cup Final at home alongside compatriot Florian Fritsch and Germany-based Englishman Ben Parker, son of a club pro in Germany.
The 27 year old then went into the city to celebrate his home country’s victory over Argentina and he admitted that the once in a lifetime experience has boosted his spirits this week in Switzerland.
“It was great on Sunday,” said Ritthammer. “I arrived just before the game started, watched it at home and then went into the city and it was phenomenal. It was super busy and the atmosphere was so happy.
“I took Ben with me too so it’s been such a nice feeling the last couple of days and the World Cup gave all the German players a boost. In general we’re just quite proud of what our national team did over there and it makes you feel good.
“I started OK today but played quite solid after that and starting hitting it really close. My irons were good today and I hit 18 greens in regulation, so my two bogeys were two three-putts, so everything was solid.”
Ritthammer was joined by former World Amateur Number One Jamie Moul and Scot George Murray as they both signed for 66, while former Walker Cup player Steven Brown was one of six players on four under par.
Moritz Lampert and Jake Roos, both chasing a third Challenge Tour victory of the season which would earn automatic graduation to The European Tour, were both well off the pace as the German carded a level par 71 while the South African struggled to a three over par 74.


Par 71
65 C Simon (Esp)
66 B Ritthammer (Ger) , J Moul  (Eng) , G Murray  (Sco)
67 C Ford (Eng) , A Kirstein (Ger) , W Roebuck (Eng) , S Brown (Eng) , N Quintarelli (Ita) , J Senior (Eng) 
68 F Fritsch  (Ger) , R Davies (Wal) , J Pastor (Esp) , M Wiegele  (Aut) , B Dredge (Wal) , J Sarasti  (Esp) , A Tadini (Ita) , S Garcia Rodriguez (Esp) , S Fallon (Eng) , R Steiner (Aut) , M Delpodio  (Ita) , A Björk (Swe) , M Eggenberger (am) (Sui)
69 F Praegant (Aut) , R Gouveia (Por) , R De Sousa (Sui) , M Glauert (Ger) , F Bergamaschi (Ita) , W Harrold (Eng) , A Dunbar (Nir) , F Becker (Ger) , J Huldahl (Den) , J Gonnet  (Fra) , C Paisley  (Eng) , H Joannes  (Bel)
70 A Domingo (Esp) , C Shinkwin (Eng) , G Boyd  (Eng) , P Relecom  (Bel) , R Kind (Ned) , J Clément  (Sui) , N Kearney (Irl) , P Oriol (Esp) , R McGowan  (Eng) , B Chapellan (Fra)
71 K Samooja (Fin) , X Puig (Esp) , B Hebert  (Fra) , S Gros (Fra) , G Woolgar (Eng) , S Tiley (Eng) , O Wilson (Eng) , M Lampert (Ger) , T Lee (USA) , C Arendell (USA) , T Linard (Fra) , M Dobias  (Sui) , T Murray (Eng) , J Legarrea (Esp) , O Lieser (Cze) , A Maestroni  (Ita) , G Main (USA) , E Espana (Fra) , M Iten (am) (Sui)
72 B Newman (USA) , D Ulrich (Sui) , W Booth  (Sco) , T Pulkkanen  (Fin) , S Einhaus (Ger) , H Bacher (Aut) , R McEvoy  (Eng) , M Orrin (Eng) , J Gallegos  (Esp) , D Frittelli (RSA) , J Burnier (Sui) , F Svanberg  (Sui) , L Weber (Fra) , L Claverie (Esp) , D Vancsik (Arg) , D Booth (Eng) , R McGee (Irl) , J Girrbach (am) (Sui)
73 J Fly (USA) , G Watremez (Bel), D Law (Sco) , C Russo (Fra), G Pinto (Por), M Schneider (Ger) , B Parker  (Eng) , P Maddy (Eng) , M Novy  (Cze) , K Benz (Sui) , A Wrigley (Eng) , M Trappel  (Aut) , T Sluiter  (Ned) , N Thommen  (Sui) , A Gabella (Sui) , M Decottignies-Lafon (Fra) , B Rusch (am) (Sui) ,
74 N Meitinger  (Ger), A Rai (Eng), J Rask (Swe) , C Aguilar  (Esp) , C Macaulay  (Sco) , D Lokke (Den) , J Roos (RSA) , A Hortal  (Esp) , D Wuensche  (Ger) , J Frazer (Wal) , G Porteous (Eng), N Kimsey (Eng), J Garcia Del Moral (Esp) , S Little (Eng) , J Gibb (Eng) , B Evans  (Eng) , M Haines  (Eng) , M Rominger  (Sui)
75 A Bernadet  (Fra) , P Bech (Esp) , R Russell (Sco) , S Castelanelli (Sui) , P Erofejeff (Fin) , J Johnson (Eng) , M Hocaoglu (Tur) , J Mommo  (Fin) , M Carroll (USA) 
76 D Callaway (Eng) , J Nodér (Sui) , S Cremer (Ger) , R Furrer (Sui) , A Roberts (Eng) , R Cazaubon (Mex) , C Caviezel (Sui) , D Suchan  (Cze) 

77 L Tintera  (Cze) , J Kelly (Nor) , A Kaleka  (Fra) , A Rota (Ita) , D Geminiani (Ita) , J Sloan (Eng) , T Lawrence (RSA)  
78 A Savolainen  (Fin) , G Snow  (Ken) , L Nemecz (Aut) , V Phillips (Eng) , P Dedek (am) (Cze) 
79 J Garcia Pinto (Esp) , S Grant  (Irl) , F Colombo (Ita)
80 D Littlefield (USA) , K Berger (Ger) , A Quiros (Esp) , E Amacher (am) (Sui)
81 R Busher (Eng)
83 M Daley (Eng) , K Kalafatoglu (Tur)




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