Nine golfers teed off on Saturday at the Saint Lucia Golf and Country Club in Cap Estate, Gros Islet.
They were vying for the chance to earn a spot on the national team for the 2015 Eastern Caribbean Golf Association Championships, being hosted in Sint Maarten some seven weeks hence.
Saturday’s event was the first of three that will be used to select a team of three, and perhaps four depending on the performances on display, to take part in the October tournament.
After the opening day of competition, Ben Gilmore and Cliff Alcide shared the lead on 78 strokes, followed closely by Romanus Inglis, two strokes back on 80.
A further one stroke behind is Eugene Edwin on 81, with the other five qualifiers some distance behind.
The next two rounds of competition are 22 and 29 August. Tim Mangal, the newly elected president of the Saint Lucia Golf Association, and his executive, have expressed their pleasure at the level of interest shown and “a hard fought battle” is anticipated as the players seek to represent the island.