Khalin Joshi of Bangalore shot a score of four-under-68 to take the lead after round one of the PGTI's Final Qualifying Stage for the 2013 season being held at the RCGC, Kolkata.
Joshi made an eagle on the 15th besides four birdies and two bogeys in his opening round.
The Pakistani duo of Matloob Ahmed Rana and Latif Rafiq are in tied second place with identical scores of two-under-70.
Local favourite Rahil Gangjee is placed tied 23rd as he shot a score of two-over-74.
The top 80 players (+ ties) will make the cut after round two of the Final Qualifying Stage. At the end of round four only the top 39 players will earn full cards for the 2013 PGTI season.