Brian Rimmer, playing on his own course, fired a three-under-par 69 to progress through The Open regional qualifier here yesterday.
Rimmer, the pro at Little Aston, got off to a flier and was four under par after five holes.
Followed by a small but faithful band of members who braved the torrents to watch their man negotiate the sodden course, Rimmer did not enjoy the home comforts entirely.
?I think playing your own course can work two ways,? he said. ?True, I play it more than other courses but it brings an added pressure because you are expected to do well on your own course.?
He was, however, delighted with his 69, which left him level with Cornishman Craig Billing and one behind eventual winner Simon Griffiths, of Wentworth.
Rob Steele and Matthew Cryer, the Kenilworth and Coventry amateurs, also qualified for the next stage in the long march to St Andrews - a gruelling 36 holes in Scotland this weekend.
Having started early in the morning, thus escaping the worst of the rain, Rimmer felt confident that his score would be enough to carry him to the next qualifying rounds.
He said: ?Scoring is normally quite tough around here, even without the rain. It was on and off this morning, so I did not really notice it and the course is still firm underfoot.?
Rimmer, who has attempted to gain entry to The Open on three occasions, has long dreamed of playing in The Championship, particularly at St Andrews. Eighteen players from each of the regional qualifying events progress to final qualifying on Saturday and Sunday from which only three will be invited to take the tee a week on Thursday.
As he cast his eyes heavenwards, perhaps hoping the rain would continue to douse his competitors? ardour, Rimmer explained the importance of playing in an Open.
?I have played PGA events and some European Tour events but have never managed to get into The Open,? he said. ?I have missed out [on a place] by one shot three times.
?Being the pro here is a great job and I like working in the shop [he returned behind the counter almost immediately] but to play in The Open would be really special. It is my dream.
?I have never even played at the Old Course!?
Cryer, one of Warwick-shire?s leading amateurs, struggled not with the malevolent conditions but his ?un-believably bad golf.?
?I was struggling to hit the golf course off the tee,? he said after a one-over-par 73. ?I chipped and putted very well so, at the end of the day, 73 was probably a good score but I do not think it will be enough - 72 will probably get you straight through.?
In the end it was just enough and Cryer came in alongside Glyn Sad, of Shrewsbury, one shot behind Kings Norton?s Richard Gurney.
Cryer was hit by the deluge until midway through his 15th hole. ?It was not particularly pleasant. Hard work, in fact,? he said.
David Walker, of Wishaw, failed by a single stroke but remains one of the reserves. He had hoped his 74 would take him to Scotland but found his round frustrating, not least because of the intermittent showers.
?I had one birdie and a bogey on the front nine which was not too bad but then bogeyed ten and double bogeyed the [par five] 12th,? he said.
At Trentham, Whittington Heath clubmates James Cookson and Simon Vale qualified in top spot after shooting impressive 68s at the Staffordshire course followed closely by Kevin Hinton, of Shifnal, a stroke behind.
Bridgnorth?s David James fired a 70 while Moseley?s Martin Griffith carded 71 and Daniel Clee (Wyre Forest), Matthew Roberts (The Belfry) and Michael Beaumont (The Chase) had 72s.