DAVID HAGUE will go into tomorrow's second round two shots behind the leaders in the English men's open amateur championship following the conclusion of round one.

Yesterday's play at Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire, was suspended after torrential with just under half of the field yet to finish their opening rounds.

Malton & Norton Golf Club star Hague had completed his 18 holes, finishing among a group of players on four under par.

After action resumed today, three players - Hague's fellow Yorkshireman Nick Poppleton, Jay Beisser of Essex and Jeong Ko of France - responded with sparkling scores to finish on six-under-par 66 and head the race for the prestigious Brabazon Trophy.

The trio will begin tomorrow a shot clear of a four-strong group on five under - Wilco Nienaber, Jack Cope and Ferdi Mueller, who all completed their rounds yesterday, and Frenchmen Frederic Lacroix, who joined them today.

England international Hague, 21, who finished eighth in this competition 12 months ago, is only one shot further back - despite breaking his driver during practice on Wednesday and having to borrow one.

As reported by The Press, his granddad was among the spectators at Frilford Heath and had his clubs in his car, including an identical model driver.

After tomorrow's second round, the field will be cut to the top 45 players and ties, who will return to play the final 36 holes on Sunday. The third round will start at 7.30am and the fourth round at noon.