MARBELLA, Spain -- Australia's Matthew Zions shot a 6-under
65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of
the Valle Romano Open of Andalucia.
The 28-year-old Zions, based in Denver, had eight birdies and a
bogey on the Aloha Golf Club course.
"I putted well, something I hadn't done recently," Zions said.
Spain's Alejandro Canizares opened with a 66.
Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, coming off a playoff victory
Sunday in the rain-shortened Italian Open, was another stroke back
at 67 along with England's Chris Gane and Gary Lockerbie, Sweden's
Joakim Haeggman and South Africa's Louis Oosterhuizen.
Fernandez-Castano is teaming with fellow Spanish star Miguel
Angel Jimenez to promote the first-year event. Jimenez shot a 72.