Shaun Norris is faring best of eight South African golfers playing in the European Tour Qualifying School Second Stage at four courses through Spain after WednesdayÂs opening rounds.
A total of 304 players Â 193 qualifiers and 111 exemptions Â began the arduous process, and at least 17 players from each of the courses will earn a place at Final Stage at the end of November.
The courses are Campo de Golf El Saler in Valencia, Las Colinas Golf & Country Club in Alicante, El Valle Golf Resort in Murcia and Lumine Golf & Beach Club in Tarragona.
Norris was in a share of sixth at two-under par at Las Colinas Golf & Country Club, Alicante, where he was the only South African in action.
Next best in terms of position on the leaderboard was Justin Harding in a share of 13th at one-over at Campo de Golf El Saler, Valencia, ISPS Handa South African Match Play champion Doug McGuigan and Christiaan Basson battled their way to three-over in the opening round there.
There were two South Africans at Lumine Golf & Beach Club, Tarragona: Oliver Bekker was tied for 16th at two-under, while Dylan Fritelli was level-par for the round.
At El Valle Golf Resort, Murcia, Alex Haindl and Tyrone Mordt battled their way to a share of 48th at four-over.
EnglandÂs Jamie Abbot and Welshman Liam Bond made the best starts to the first round with the pair hitting the front at Lumine Golf & Beach Club with a pair of seven under par 64s.
GermanyÂs Florian Fritsch sits atop the leaderboard at Las Colinas alongside the Dutch duo of Taco Remkes and Tim Sluiter after the trio fired matching scores of four under 67.
The leading score at the remaining two Second Qualifying Stage venues was three under, with American Chan Kim posting a leading 69 at El Saler while four players Â EnglandÂs Chris Gane and Sean Whiffin, the Swede Jacob Glennemo and German amateur Max Roehrig Â posted opening 68s to move to three under at El Valle.
The exact number of spots available to the six-round final at the PGA Catalunya Resort in just over a fortnight will not be determined until the conclusion of the UBS Hong Kong and South African Opens (both of which finish on Sunday, November 18), but it is all to play for amongst the 304 hopefuls who all share the same dream of securing a place in The 2013 Race to Dubai.
With reporting from www.europeantour.com