In the KCM Zambia Open at Nchanga Golf Club, Warren Abery shot 69 to lead the afternoon field, which was hampered by dangerous weather conditions and swirling winds on Thursday.
Abery was forced to delay his round due to thunderstorms, but returned to the course composed, and closed with two birdies to go three-under-par for the day.
Ranked 455th in the world, Abery opened his round with a drop at the 192-metre par-three third after his tee shot went astray. He would two-putt for bogey.
But he remained calm and layed-up on fourth, a par-five, before going up and down for birdie.
On the par-four fifth he would card his second birdie of the day before closing out the front nine with a string of pars to make the turn at one-under-par.
The wind continued to pick up throughout the afternoon and yet Abery managed continue his run of pars on the back stretch.
At the par-five 17th Abery had made the green in two before he was forced to leave the course due to dangerous weather. When play resumed he two-putted and moved to two-under for the round.
Abery closed the round with a further birdie at the 18th and signed for his 69, two strokes shy of a three-way tie for the lead between Daniel Greene, PH McIntyre and Robert Wiederkehr.
Tied for second at four-under are Jake Roos and Bradford Vaughan, while Abery shares sixth with Darryn Lloyd, Divan van den Heever, Christiaan Basson, and Doug McGuigan.
Abery played well in tough conditions, and with a windless 07h20 tee time for the second round can be expected to challenge the lead.