Mitch Waite and Johannes Veerman carded matching 64s to make the early running at the inaugural Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open on Thursday.

The duo both fired eagles on the par-five 10th to end the day on seven-under par, one shot clear of a group of five players including Andy Sullivan, Sami Välimäki, Joël Stalter, David Drysdale and Jamie Donaldson.

Englishman Waite took advantage of the favourable early conditions to jump out of the blocks with four unanswered birdies in a flawless opening nine.

An eagle at ten and birdie at 11 moved the relative unknown onto seven-under, where he would stay after closing with a brace of birdies and bogeys.

“I feel very good, I played nicely today,” said Waite who was making only a fourth start on Tour.

“I’ve just had a good attitude from the beginning of the week, I’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain so I just need to get out there – it’s a scoreable track – hit some good shots and see what we get out of it.”

Veerman, who spent a number of years plying his trade on the Asian Tour, traded five birdies and an eagle in a flawless round to join Waite at the head of the pack.

“I hit it really well today,” said the American. ”I think I only missed one green. Well actually, on that note, I missed one green but I holed out so I missed one green but I made it.

“I hit it really well off the tee. I think I hit almost every single fairway out there, it was really consistent, and when you’re playing well and you keep giving yourself chances for birdie, it feels great.

Thursday’s play was brought to a premature end due to fading light.