Sunday, May 20, 2018

Perth and Kinross finish ahead of North-east

and North at Alyth

Perth and Kinross scored a double whammy at today's men's amateur area team invitational tournament at Alyth Golf Club.
P and K won the team title with a total of 502 (best seven individual scores counted) and one of their players, Mark Cameron, playing over his home course, had a very good score of 66, two shots clear of the strong field, to win the individual honours.

SSS 70. CSS 71
502 Perth and Kinross: 66 M Cameron (Alyth). 69 C McGuigan (Comrie). 71 D Murray (Blairgowrie). 72 G Campbell (Blairgowrie). 73 J Roberts (Muckart). 75 A Simpson (Strathmore). 76 C Neil (Blairgowrie). Non-counting: 78 T White (Kinross).

511 North-east: 68 A Dunton (McDonald Ellon). 71 M Lawrie (Deeside), D Morrison (Meldrum House). 72 B Innes (Murcar Links). 73 C Lamb (Newmachar). 78 A Bews (Murcar Links), C Brechin (Portlethen). Non-counting: 81 C Stewart (Murcar Links).

514 North: 70 L Gillies (Nairn) bih, D Thorburn (Wick). 72 J Mackintosh (Nairn). 74 J Wright (Forres). 75 C Gaittens (Fortrose and Rosemarkie). 76 A Cameron (Fortrose and Rosemarkie). 77 L Reid (Fortrose and Rosemarkie). Non-counting: 82 M Schinkell (Royal Dornoch).

66 Mark Cameron (Alyth)
68 Adam Dunton (McDonald Ellon).
69 Callum McGuigan (Comrie)
70 Logan Gillies (Nairn) (bih)


Drysdale finishes third in Belgian Knock-out 

by beating Heath in play-off

Spain's Adrian Otaegui beat Benjamin Hebert of France by two shots in the final of the Belgian Knock-out European Tour competition today (Sunday) to claim his second European Tour title at Rinkven International Golf Club, Antwerp.

The innovative format was played over 90 holes, with 36 holes of stroke play on Thursday and Friday cutting the field from 144 to 64. This was followed by six rounds of nine-hole knock-out stroke-play to determine a winner.

Otaegui, pictured right, and Hebert both finished three shots off the lead at five under after two days and battled through the next five matches, with huge crowds lining the fairways as host Thomas Pieters brought the European Tour back to Belgium for the first time in 18 years.

Hebert edged ahead first in the final but Otaegui hit the front on the sixth as a hat-trick of birdies guided him to three under and a second win in head-to-head competition.
Otaegui earned 166,660 euros; Hebert 111,110 euros.

David Drysdale, pictured above right, finished third after beating Englishman James Heath by one shot in the 3rd/4th play-off. That win earned the Scot 62,600 euros. Heath's reward was 50,000 euros.

Otaegui, motivated by an increasing prospect of a Ryder Cup team place in Paris, arrived in Antwerp as one the form players on Tour and secured a sixth consecutive top-20 finish on Saturday afternoon before going on to follow up last season's maiden victory at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play.

Both players went to the right off the tee on the first to surrender bogeys but Hebert bounced back on the second, rolling in a left-to-righter from 15 feet for a birdie and the lead.

In the third/fourth place play-off, Heath took the early initiative with a birdie on the second but Drysdale hit back on the third. Both men made a mess of the fifth but Drysdale dropped one shot to Heath's two and that would prove crucial over the sprint distance of nine holes.

The contest was level with a Heath birdie on the next but Drysdale made a gain on the seventh and the duo parred the last two holes.

Stephen Gallacher earned 16,200 euros for a T12 placing while Richie Ramsay and Duncan Stewart, T46, earned 4,108 euros each




Johnston beats Forrest in all-Scottish final on Costa del Sol

Liam Johnston from Dumfries beat Grant Forrest (Craigielaw) by one hole in an all-Scottish final to the Andalucia-Costa del Sol March-play 9 at Valle Romano Golf Club, Estepona on Spain's Costa del Sol.

Rookie pro Johnston earned 32,000 Euros for winning this Challenge Tour event, in which all the ties were scheduled for nine holes. Forrest earned 22,000 Euros.
Further down the prizelist, Scotland's Ross Kellett (14th) and David Law (20th) earned 3,023 and 2,200 euros respectively.
Johnston, pictured, had to go the 14th green to win his semi-final against Jacopo Vecchi Fossa (Italy) while Forrest had a more comfortable 3 and 2 win in his semi-final against the No 2 seed, Welshman Stuart Manley who later won the 3rd/4th place play-off by beating Vecchi Fossa 2 and 1, which earned him 12,000 euros.
In the final, Johnston got off to a flying start by winning the first hole with a birdie and the second with a par. But Forrest fought back to level the cotest with a birdie at the seventh.
That was as good as it got for the former Scottish amateur champion. He bogeyed the eighth to fall one down again and the ninth was halved, leaving Johnston the victor by one hole.
In his final year as an amateur, Johnston won the Scottish stroke-play and the African open amateur championship.

(nine-hole matches unless stated)
J Vecchi Fossa (Italy) bt J Lando Casanova (France) 3 and 2.
L Johnston (Scotland) bt Jose-Felipe Lima (Portugal) 3 and 2.
G Forrest (Scotland) bt Manuel Quiros (Spain) 2 and 1.
S Manley (Wales) bt A Garcia-Heredia (Spain) 1 hole.

Johnston bt Vecchi Fossa at the fifth extra hole (14th)
Forrest bt Manley 3 and 2.

Johnston bt Forrest 1 hole.


Joanne Free holds Tara Mactaggart at bay

to win Munross Trophy at Montrose
Joanne Free, 20-year-old Gullane Golf Club member, won the 36-hole Munross Trophy over the Montrose Links today with an excellent seven-under-par total, made up of rounds of five-under-par 68 and two-under 71
She won by two strokes from Tara Mactaggart (Minto), 69-71, who was a shot behind the winner after 18 holes and still one off the pace at the finish.
Free, who has recently completed her freshman year the University of Minnesota, had a bogey-free first round highlighted by birdies at the sixth, 13th, 14th, 15th and 17th. Feature of her second round was an eagle 3 at the 14th.
Mactaggart, who had six birdies and two bogeys in her first round, also had an eagle 3, at the sixth, in her second circuit but she also bogeyed the 17th and that was the shot that separated the first two at the finish.
Former Scottish women's champion Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw) finish third on 144 with a pair of 72s.
Last year's winner, Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) finished joint fifth on 146 with a pair of 73s. On the same total was Chloe Goadby (St Regulus Ladies) with rounds of 74 and 72.
Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey), recent winner of the Welsh and the Irish women's open amateur stroke-play titles, was well short of that form, returning scores of 79 and 77 for a 10-over-par total of 156. She had a triple bogey 7 in the first round and a quadruple bogey 8 as well as a double bogey 6 on her second circuit.

Montrose Links
par 146 (2x73) SSS 73 CSS 73 74139 J Free (Gullane) 68 71.
140 T Mactaggart (Minto) 69 71
144 G Macdonald (Craigielaw) 72 72
145 L Duncan (West Kilbride) 71 74
146 C Goadby (St Regulus Ladies) 74 72, E Briggs (Kilmacolm) 73 73
149 J Saxton (Muckhart) 72 77
150 K Brodie (Strathmore) 75 75, K Beveridge (Aboyne) 73 77
151 C Griffiths (Aboyne) 74 77, J Mackintosh (Hazlehead) 73 78
154 R Foster (Prestwick St Nicholas) 75 79
156 H McCook (Grantown on Spey) 79 77
158 E Henderson (Loretto School) 78 80, M Robb (Peterculter) 79 79, L McClymont (Milngavie) 78 80.
159 E Kennedy (Paisley) 78 81, E Docherty (Moray) 77 82
161 J M Grubb (Montrose Mercantile) 77 84
162 H Darling (Broomieknowe) 83 79
164 J Brown (Monifieth) 88 76, I Roska (Nairn Dunbar) 81 83
165 A McKay (Crail GS) 84 81, K K Brown (Strathaven) 89 76.
167 M Gardner (Linlithgow) 82 80
168 F Millar (Carnoustie Caledonia) 82 86
169 R Mathieson (Hazlehead) 82 87
175 R Fowlie (Edzell) 92 83
181 S Stichbury (Gullane) 86 95
203 J Whiteford (Melrose) 102 101

   Joanne Free (Gullane) with the Munross Trophy after her victory   at Montrose Links today. Picture by courtesy of Montrose Links Trust

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Link to Sunday scores at Belgian Knock-out


David Drysdale (pictured)  through to semi-finals

Sunday morning results:

James Heath (England) -3 bt Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) -2.

Ben Hebert (France) -1 bt Mike Lorenzo-Vera (France) par

Adrian Otaegui (Spain) -1 bt Jorge Campillo (Spain) +1

David Drysdale (Scotland) +2 bt Victor Perez (France) +5


Leishman and Wise share AT and T Byron Nelson lead


Par 213 (3x71)

196 Mar Leishman (Australia) 61 66 69, Aaron Wise (USA) 65 63 68

200 Matt Jones (Australia) 67 65 68, Kevin Na (USA) 66 65 69'

201 Jimmy Walker (USA) 64 67 70


206 Russell Knox (Scotland) 69 69 68 (T29)




Saturday, May 19, 2018

Forrest and Johnston reach last eight of Andalucia 9-hole Match-play

Scots Grant Forrest (Craigielaw) and Liam Johnston from Dumfries have won their way through to the last eight of the European Challenge Tour's Andalucia Costa del Sol nine-hole match-play tournament at Valle Romano Golf, Estepona, Malaga.

Forrest won by one hole against Steve Webster (England) and will now play Jerome Lando Casanova (France).
Johnston, pictured, won by one hole over Ben Eccles (Australia) and will play Welshman Stuart Manley for a place in the semi-finals.
A third Scot in the last 16, Ross Kellett, lost by one hole to Manley.

Jerome Lando Casanova (Fra) bt Ivan Cantero Gutierrez (Spn) 2 and 1.
Grant Forrest (Sco) bt Steve Webster (Eng) 1 hole.

Jacopo Vecchi Fossa (Ita) bt Steven Tiley (Eng) 2 and 1.
Manuel Quiros (Spn) bt Adri Arnaus (Spn) 1 hole.

Jose Felipe Lima (Portugal) bt Michael Hoey (N Ireland) 1 hole.
Alfred Garcia Heredia (Spn) bt Magnus A Carlsson (Swe) 1 hole.

Liam Johnston (Sco) bt Ben Eccles (Australia) 1 hole.
Stuart Manley (Wales) bt Ross Kellett (Scotland) 1 hole.



Second seed Stuart Manley continued his brilliant form to book a place in the final day at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9, following three wins in the knock-out stage.
The Welshman came into the knock-out stage full of confidence, following rounds of 64 and 69 put him at the top of the leaderboard after two rounds of stroke play. But with 64 players involved in the innovate tournament, it was back to square one on Saturday.
Hugo Leon, the number one ranked player in the knock-out stage, was beaten in his opening round, so the onus fell on Manley as the second seed to show his impressive form once again.
In his opening match, the 39-year-old beat Spaniard Mario Galiano Aguilar by two holes without dropping a shot and picked up three birdies in his nine holes. Galiano Aguilar pegged Manley back at their third hole but the Welshman retook the lead on his sixth hole and a birdie at the last sealed his progression.
The knock-out stage quickly entered the round of 32 and Englishman John Parry suffered the fate of in-form Manley. Two birdies ahead of an eagle on the sixth hole before the Welshman holed another birdie saw him advance with a 4 and 2 victory over Parry.
After dominant opening rounds, Manley dropped his first shot of the day during his round 16 match against Scotland’s Ross Kellett on the second hole. However, the bogey only spurred him on as he claimed the next two holes.
Manley moved further ahead with success on the seventh hole and even Kellett’s triumph on the eighth did not affect him, as he won by one to head into Sunday’s final-day shoot-out of knock-out games.
Manley, who will play Spain’s Alfredo Garcia Heredia in the quarter-finals, was thrilled with his work during the day and believes his name could be on the title in Spain.
“I believe I can win this. It’s only a few more games so why not,” he said. “My form has been good. I led the qualifying which was good. I’ve been playing quite well for the last month or so, so I’m pretty happy and, hopefully, I can keep it going for one more day.
“I made one mistake in 25 holes, and I think I was eight under. This afternoon I was a little bit scrappier, but it was a tense, tough match. Ross is a really gritty player with a lot of match-play experience, so I knew it would be a tough match"
Also in Sunday morning's round of the last eight are Jérôme Lando Casanova who will play Jacopo Vecchi Fasso – at No 56 the lowest ranked player left in the Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9.
José-Filipe Lima, who narrowly missed out on success at last week’s 56˚ Open de Portugal @ Morgado Golf Resort, will play Scotland’s Liam Johnston. While fellow Scot Grant Forrest will go head-to-head with local Spaniard Manuel Quiros.
Johnston played all 27 holes to progress, but the Doonhamer is enjoying his time at Valle Romano Golf after registering four eagles so far during the event.
“I was good, but it was tiring. I played all 27 holes out of the available 27, so I’m looking forward to Sunday – it should be good fun,” he said. 
“I like that eighth hole. I had two 2s on it in a row and I managed to hole a wedge on the sixth in the second round of the stroke play. The course is nice. You’ve just got to get it in play off the tee and then it’s really scoreable from there.”



Drysdale through to last eight in Belgium KO
Tournament: Belgian Knockout
Venue: Rinkven International Golf Club, Antwerp, Belgium
      The image of Nicolas Colsaerts by courtesy of Getty Images

Nicolas Colsaerts will carry the hopes of a nation into the final day of the Belgian Knock-out after the former Ryder Cup star enthralled the huge home crowds with a superb display of poise and panache to progress through three matches of nine-hole stroke-play and book his place in the quarter-finals.
It had been a disappointing start to the day for the Belgian fans as they watched two of their brightest young stars fall at the first hurdle in the weekend head-to-head knock-out matches, both Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters losing out in the round of 64.
Colsaerts soon gave them something to cheer about though, as the 35 year old from nearby Brussels first overcame Scot Richie Ramsay, then battled back from a losing position to beat Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli, before an incredible eagle two at the par four seventh of the yellow course helped him to a convincing victory over Joachim B Hansen of Denmark in the last 16.
The local favourite’s eight under par total through the 27 holes of his stroke-play match play rounds was the best of the day, while his 11 under aggregate score for the week is also the leading total for Belgium's first European Tour event in 18 years.
The seven others to qualify for the final day’s action were French trio Benjamin Hebert, Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Victor Perez, as well as Spanish duo Jorge Campillo and Adrian Oteagui, David Drysdale of Scotland and Englishman James Heath.
Player quotes:
Nicolas Colsaerts
“It was great. I played a little bit better than the second game, and then I kind of like sealed the deal with an eagle on 16 (seven of Yellow course). I hit an unbelievable three-wood to only just a couple of feet, which was exactly what I wanted so I could cruise on the last couple holes.
“It's pretty cool actually - I was curious to see how I was going to react to play in front of home crowds, but it certainly gives you a bit of a lift. I was kind of like, I'm not here to disappoint almost.
“It's not an easy format, which is actually good practice for me. You kind of have to keep the foot down wherever you are. It's all never too far from anybody unless you're really far out, but if you're one or two shots with a couple of holes, it's not done. It's actually quite an exciting format.”
Adrian Otaegui
“It’s a long day, three rounds of nine holes. We started early this morning, but I'm very, very happy with the way I played this afternoon. I didn't really make too many mistakes, made three birdies and I'm very happy with it.
“It's a format I really enjoy, when you play one against one. Obviously playing with Matt, my friend, today, was a very, very good match. I think it was very exciting until the end, and it’s just exciting.”
Mike Lorenzo-Vera
“I was getting a bit tired I think, just had a slow start this time. So Matt managed to give me some shots and I just tried to play around par. He wasn't playing good, so I just thought about level would make it pretty easy, just try my best to hang around and then go through that game and let's go tomorrow.
“Of course it's cool. It's a different type of match play, really, so you have to keep your score okay. You can't go stupid on one hole or whatever. It feels like you're leading a tournament and you have one nine-hole stretch to go. I don't know what's going to be my result at the end of the week, but I'm learning a lot from of all these situations I have to play, so it's cool.”
Jorge Campillo
“I started bad. I hit bad tee shot on ten and on 13, I lost my ball there. So it was tough. I missed a three-footer as well on 14. I still had a chance, even though I was three-over after five, but had three birdies in a row, and a great par on 18, so I'm proud of the way I finished.
“I'm looking forward it. The worst I'm going to finish is fifth now, so it's a good thing. Adrian is playing great. He's a great match-play player, so it will be a good match. I've been playing good all year, so hopefully I can come and play like the last five holes here tomorrow and win, and if not, next week hopefully.”
Results of third nine-hole matches:

David Drysdale (Sco) bt Josh Geary (Australia) at 2nd extra hole.
Victor Perez (Fra) bt Oliver Fisher (Eng)

Mike Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) bt Matthew Baldwin (Eng)
Benjamin Hebert (Fra) bt Stephen Gallacher (Sco)

Adrian Oltaegui (Spain) bt Matthew Southgate (Eng)
Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) bt Joachim B Hansen (Denmark)

Jorge Campillo (Spain) bt Richard McEvoy (Eng)
James Heath (Eng) bt Robert Karlsson (Swe) at 2nd extra hole.

Please see below a link to the full Belgian Knockout Brackets with today's results and tomorrow's draw:


Link to Andalucia Costa del Sol match-play Saturday results



Link to Belgian Knock-out Saturday matches



Aussie Leishman maintains lead at AT and T Byron 
Nelson tournament; Martin Laird misses cut

Through two days of golf at the AT and T Byron Nelson tournament, Mother Nature has been extremely benevolent to almost the entire field, offering up windless scoring conditions that allowed Marc Leishman to shoot a career-low 61 on Thursday and Brian Gay to come within a shot of matching the Aussie during the second round.
 "I know the golf course would like some wind," said Jimmy Walker, who sits four shots back of Leishman at 11 under. "I think the fairways are nice and fast and the greens are at a good speed and firmness. I hope they don't change that too much."
Walker and the rest of the field could be in for a different test on Saturday  if the forecast holds, with wind gusts expected to touch 25 miles per hour during the round. 
It's just enough wind to make players at the top cautious and those within striking distance believe they have a chance to make up ground on the field — like Jordan Spieth who shot 66 to get within eight of Leishman. 
Given this year is Trinity Forest's first as tournament host, many players aren't sure what the course will look like with a stiff breeze. However, those who played in the afternoon received a potential preview with sustained winds between 10 to 15 miles per hour. 
"You weren't going to be able to ball strike this course to death today with how windy it was," said Aaron Wise, who played in the afternoon wave and bested his opening-round 65 with a 63 on Friday.

Inverness-born Russell Knox made the cut on the limit mark of four-under-par 138 with a pair of 69s.
Among those to missed out were Padraig Harrigton (69-70 for 139, Graeme McDowell 67 72 for 139; Sergio Garcia 72-69 for 141 and Scot Martin Laird 71-76 for 147.




Duke's Blue Devils open NCAA Championship

 in fifth place

STILLWATER, Oklahoma – Featuring an afternoon tee time to open the 2018 NCAA Championship, the fourth-ranked Duke University women’s golf team turned in a 10-over-par 298 total, and are fifth overall following 18 holes of action at the 6,328-yard, par 72 Karsten Creek Golf Club. 
The Blue Devils are only seven shots behind Southern California (291) who lead by one stroke over Alabama (292).  Other first-round totals: UCLA (294), Kent State (296), Duke (298), Northwestern (299), Louisville (301), Arizona (301), Florida State (301), Florida (303) and Washington (303) 
Duke scores
-  T11 Leona Maguire  Duke  72          E 
-  T28 Jaravee Boonchant  Duke  74          +2 
-  T35 Ana Belac  Duke  75          +3 
-  T68 Lisa Maguire  Duke  77          +5 
-  T76 Virginia Elena Carta  Duke  78          +6 

 Team Scores
1 Southern California 291          +3 
2 Alabama 292          +4 
3 UCLA 294          +6 
4 Kent State 296          +8 
5 Duke 298          +10 
6 Northwestern  299          +11 
T7 Louisville 301          +13 
T7 Arizona 301          +13 
T7 Florida State  301          +13 
T10 Florida 303          +15 
T10 Washington 303          +15 
12 Auburn 304          +16 
T13 Colorado 306          +18 
T13 Wake Forest 306          +18 
15 Oklahoma 307          +19 
T16 Stanford 308          +20 
T16 Arkansas 308          +20 
18 Texas 309          +21 
19 Ohio State 310          +22 
20 Furman  312          +24 
21 Baylor 313          +25 
22 Arizona State  314          +26 
23 Virginia 315          +27 
24 Ole Miss 320          +32
-  1 Jennifer Kupcho  Wake Forest  65          -7 
-  2 Janet Mao  Northwestern  68          -4 
-  3 Jillian Hollis *  Georgia, U. of  69          -3 
-  T4 Morgane Metraux  Florida State  70          -2 
-  T4 Cheyenne Knight  Alabama  70          -2 
-  T4 Rose Huang *  Brigham Young  70          -2 
-  T7 Pimnipa Panthong  Kent State  71          -1 
-  T7 Patty Tavatanakit  UCLA  71          -1 
-  T7 Leonie Harm *  Houston  71          -1 
-  T7 Bianca Pagdanganan  Arizona  71          -1 
-  T11 Micheala Williams *  Tennessee  72          E 
-  T11 Jaclyn Lee  Ohio State  72          E 
-  T11 Lilia Vu  UCLA  72          E 
-  T11 Dylan Kim  Arkansas  72          E 
-  T11 Allisen Corpuz  Southern California  72          E 
-  T11 Jennifer Chang  Southern California  72          E 
-  T11 Leona Maguire  Duke  72          E 
-  T11 Jess Yuen *  Missouri  72          E 
-  T19 Kayley Marschke  Auburn  73          +1 
-  T19 Kim Metraux  Florida State  73          +1 
-  T19 Lauren Hartlage  Louisville  73          +1 
-  T19 Amelia Garvey  Southern California  73          +1 
-  T19 Kristen Gillman  Alabama  73          +1 
-  T19 Maddie Szeryk *  Texas A&M  73          +1 
-  T19 Emma Broze *  Oklahoma State  73          +1 
-  T19 Alice Chen  Furman  73          +1 
-  T19 Sierra Brooks  Florida  73          +1 
-  T28 Lauren Stephenson  Alabama  74          +2 
-  T35 Robyn Choi  Colorado  75          +3 
-  T35 Ana Belac  Duke  75          +3 
-  T51 Amy Lee  Baylor  76          +4 
-  T51 Shannon Aubert  Stanford  76          +4 
-  T51 Bethany Wu  UCLA  76          +4 
-  T51 Elin Esborn  Florida  76          +4 
-  T68 Hannah Wood  Oklahoma  77          +5 
-  T68 Lisa Maguire  Duke  77          +5 
-  T68 Kaylee Benton  Arkansas  77          +5 
-  T68 Andrea Lee  Stanford  77          +5 
-  T68 Olivia Mehaffey  Arizona State  77          +5 
-  T76 Virginia Elena Carta  Duke  78          +6 
-  T76 Alana Uriell  Arkansas  78          +6 
-  T76 Sarah Cho  Northwestern  78          +6 
-  T104 Fiona Liddell  Baylor  81          +9 
-  T104 Beth Lillie  Virginia  81          +9 
-  T104 Maria Fassi  Arkansas  81          +9 
-  T104 Raquel Olmos  Arizona State  81          +9 
-  T104 Roberta Liti  Arizona State  81          +9  
-  T111 Julia Johnson  Ole Miss  82          +10 
-  T122 Kayla Jones  Florida State  84          +12 
-  T122 Kathleen Sumner  Florida State  84          +12 
-  T124 Mika Liu  Stanford  85          +13 
-  T124 Madison Kerley  Arizona State  85          +13 
-  T126 Erin Harper *  Indiana  86          +14 
-  T126 Conner Beth Ball  Ole Miss  86          +14 
-  T126 Cara Gorlei  Arkansas  86          +14 
-  T129 Kaitlin Milligan  Oklahoma  87          +15 
-  T129 Adeena Shears  Ohio State  87          +15 
-  T129 Brooke Riley  Northwestern  87          +15 
-  132 Mai Dechathipat  Wake Forest  89          +17 


Friday, May 18, 2018

Four Scots through to match-play

in Belgian Knock-out
                                                    Image of Nicolas Colsaerts by courtesy of Getty Images

Home heroes Nicolas Colsaerts, Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters all cruised into the weekend of the Belgian Knock-out, when they will be among the 64 players battling it out in an exciting stroke-play/match-play format.
Day Two at Rinkven International Golf Club, Antwerp came to a dramatic conclusion as an 11-man play-off took place to decide the final eight players to progress.
Romain Wattel and Ryan Evans were the 63rd and 64th players to earn their berths in the weekend action with a bogey each on the third extra hole.
Jorge Campillo, one of the most in-form players on the European Tour with four top five finishes already this season, emerged as the top seed as the Spaniard boasted the 36-hole lead on eight under par following two 67s.
Although the top 16 will enjoy a slight advantage with the luxury of knowing a draw in the opening match will see them progress to the next round, it really is all to play for at the weekend in Antwerp with every player in with a shout of claiming the title.
The large home crowds at the beautiful tree-lined venue will be hoping one of their own can triumph and those chances remain strong, with Detry leading the Belgian charge courtesy of a six-under total for the regular stroke play stage, and Colsaerts and Pieters also through.
Four Scots are through to the match-play: David Drysdale, Richie Ramsay, Stephen Gallacher and Duncan Stewart
Gallacher made it through by beating Sam Horsfield with a birdie on the play-off hole.

Player quotes:
Jorge Campillo
“I played a solid two rounds and hit a bunch of greens. I'm happy with both rounds. Today it was cold in the morning and it wasn't playing easy the first few holes. Conditions were similar.
“So it was playing easy. But this golf course, it doesn't play easy. It's a tricky course. It's a nice test. I wish it was a regular tournament in the position I am in right now, but it is what it is. It is better being on the top than on the bottom but you still have to win tomorrow.
“You can have a high number on a hole and that can get you two or three shots on one hole. You still have to play the same golf I think. It's a nice format I guess if you are playing good to play medal match play than regular match play.”
Thomas Detry
“It was pretty chilly this morning - no wind, so that was good. The ball was definitely not flying as far as yesterday afternoon, so we had to adapt a little bit but I’m very pleased with the way I was playing.
“I played great today and I played great yesterday, a lot of fairways, a lot of greens. I could have made more putts but still very happy with the way I played.
“I think it's going to be exciting. I've never played this kind of format. It different, it's not match-play, so it's not like, okay, I'm making five birdies and two doubles. You've actually got to play steady golf, so strategy will be important, so I'm looking forward to that. It's going to be interesting but I'm very comfortable for the weekend.”
Nicolas Colsaerts
“It’s mission accomplished. The three of us have made it. I think there's four of us Belgians on the weekend. Let's hope that we get a good draw and none of us actually plays against one another so we can maximize the chances to go far into this.
“It's amazing. You can see the amount of people that turned up yesterday and today. I see faces in the crowd that I haven't seen in 15 years, friends, people that I have played against in junior competitions and members from here, members of the Federation. It's great to see the enthusiasm of everyone in Belgium for this event.”
Thomas Pieters
“I knew I had to finish around even par or better, so I needed to putts to drop and luckily they did. It was a bit easier without the gusty winds and swirling winds, so I was pin-high a lot more today than yesterday, and that's why I made some more putts.
“I've definitely enjoyed it. If I hit a good shot, and all the people are going nuts, it gives me chills just because they are my people and I know most of the people watching here. It's definitely a dream come true here.
“I think everybody that makes the cut will have a chance to win and that's the exciting part about why we chose this format.”
par 142 (2x71)
134 J Campillo (Spn) 67 67
135 J Heath (Eng) 68 67
136 T Detry (Belgium) 67 69, D Papadatos (Australia) 69 67, V Perez (Fra) 69 67, S Kjeldsen (Denmark) 70 66, J Winther (Denmark) 67 69
137 A Otaegui (Spn) 69 68, G Green (Malaysia) 67 70, M Baldwin (Eng) 67 70, M Fraser (Australia) 70 67, N Cullen (Australia) 68 69, B Hebert (Fra) 68 69, L Gagli (Ita) 69 68, N Geyger (Chile) 67 70, 
138 J Janewattananond (Thailand) 69 69, J Walters (SAf) 70 68
139 D Lipsky (USA) 71 68, N Colsaerts (Belgium) 68 71, G Havret (Fra) 72 67, O Fisher (Eng) 70 69, T Linard (Fra) 69 70, J Geary (NZ) 69 70
140 T Pieters (Belgium) 73 67, J Hansen (Denmark) 72 68, H Porteous (SAf) 71 69, S Gallacher (Sco) 71 69, M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 70 70, M Southgate (Eng) 73 67, O Farr (Wales) 71 69
141 L Herbert (Australia) 69 72, R Cho (SKor) 71 70, C Bezuidenhout (SAf) 71 70, D Drysdale (Sco) 69 72, S Horsfield (Eng) 68 73, C Mivis (Belgium) 71 70, N Kimsey (Eng) 71 70, S Fernandez (Spn) 72 69
142 J Dantorp (Swe) 73 69, A Rai (Eng) 70 72, A Bland (Australia) 70 72, M Kieffer (Ger) 72 70, R McEvoy (Eng) 71 71, E Van Rooyen (SAf) 69 73, J Luiten (Netherlands) 74 68, R Karlsson (Swe) 71 71, R Ramsay (Sco) 72 70, R Sciot-Siegrist (Fra) 70 72, J Smith (Eng) 70 72, J Morrison (Eng) 70 72, P Oriol (Spn) 71 71, M Schneider (Ger) 72 70, A Hansen (Denmark) 72 70, E Goya (Argentina) 72 70, M Schwab (Austria) 70 72, D Stewart (Sco) 71 71

143 L Canter (Eng) 73 70, J Choi (SKor) 74 69, S Vincent (Zimbabwe) 68 75, R Fox (NZ) 72 71, J Fahrbring (Swe) 70 73, F Aguilar (Chile) 72 71, T Lewis (Eng) 73 70, J Zunic (Australia) 75 68, R Wattel (Fra) 74 69, C Shinkwin (Eng) 71 72, R Evans (Eng) 67 76

144 L Jensen (Denmarkl) 72 72, P Khongwatmai (Thailand) 72 72, R Gouveia (Portugal) 76 68, A Wu (China) 72 72, C Blomstrand (Swe) 73 71, M Decottignies-Lafon (Fra) 72 72, C Koepka (USA) 73 71, R Langasque (Fra) 70 74, M Siem (Ger) 71 73, D Huizing (Netherlands) 70 74, R Bland (Eng) 75 69, B Neil (Sco) 76 68, G Stal (Fra) 74 70, C Sordet (Fra) 72 72, P Angles (Spn) 70 74, Z Lombard (SAf) 76 68, A Connelly (Canada) 71 73, M Foster (Eng) 73 71
145 C Ford (Eng) 71 74, P Hanson (Swe) 74 71, R Jacquelin (Fra) 73 72, S Lee (SKor) 76 69, C Syme (Sco) 75 70, B Hafthorsson (Iceland) 73 72, M Warren (Sco) 71 74
146 A Pavan (Ita) 72 74, S Heisele (Ger) 72 74, J Stalter (Fra) 75 71, A Dodt (Australia) 75 71, S Brown (Eng) 73 73, Ó Serna (Mexico) 73 73, A Chesters (Eng) 71 75, F Laporta (Ita) 75 71, S Gros (Fra) 74 72, A Cohen (Israel) 71 75, P Widegren (Swe) 75 71, B Stone (SAf) 76 70, K Koivu (Finland) 76 70 
147 M Nixon (Eng) 75 72, A Saddier (Fra) 73 74, J Kruyswijk (SAf) 72 75, B Evans (Eng) 72 75, B Dredge (Wales) 73 74, T Aiken (SAf) 76 71, J Munro (Australia) 73 74, J Carlsson (Swe) 75 72, M Armitage (Eng) 75 72, F Fritsch (Ger) 73 74, B Rumford (Australia) 72 75, D Brooks (Eng) 77 70, K Hesbois (Belgium) 72 75, A Knappe (Ger) 72 75, L Buijs (Belgium) 76 71, M Lafeber (Netherlands 76 71, J Quesne (Fra) 73 74, B Ritthammer (Ger) 72 75
148 C Hanson (Eng) 75 73, M Tullo (Chi)le 72 76, T Murray (Eng) 74 74, C Wood (Eng) 72 76, S Chawrasia (India) 77 71, R McGowan (Eng) 72 76, J Norris (Australia) 78 70
149 J Arnoy (Nor) 76 73
150 J Donaldson (Wales) 73 77, A Dumont De Chassart (Belgium) (am) 76 74 
151 R Saxton (Netherlands) 76 75, T Fisher jun (SAf) 74 77, J Thomson (Eng) 76 75, H Joannes (Belgium) 77 74, D Im (USA) 81 70
152 M Pavon (Fra) 76 76, J De Wouters (am) (Belgium) 77 75
153 A De Bondt (Belgium) (am) 75 78
154 S Piaget (Mon) 77 77
155 O Lindell (Finland 76 79
157 Y Van Doren (Belgium) (am) 80 77

Playoff details (qualifiers bold print):
Scott Vincent 3
Laurie Canter 4, 3
Jordan Zunic 7
Ryan Evans 4, 4, 5
Callum Shinkwin 4, 4, 6
Ryan Fox 6
Felipe Aguilar 4, 4, 4
Tom Lewis 4, 4, 4
Romain Wattel 4, 4, 5
Jinho Choi 4, 4, 4
Jens Fahrbring 4, 3


Forrest and Johnston qualify high up match-play

Hugo Leon will go into the knock-out stage of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9 as the number one ranked player after he topped the Challenge Tour event
s leaderboard on nine under par on Day Two, the final day of regular stroke play.
The Chilean charged up the leaderboard with a six-under par round of 65 to join Welshman Stuart Manley (64-69) at the top on nine-under 133.
However, with Leon carding the better second round out of the duo, he will be the top seed in the match-play format, where the top 64 players will compete in a series of nine-hole battles.
The 33 year old claimed four birdies on his front nine to begin his second round with momentum. His confidence surged with another gain at the start of his back nine.
The two-time winner on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada gained two more birdies in the Spanish sunshine, and even with a bogey on the last, his spirit was not dampened as he shared top spot with Welshman Manley.
In his first season on the Challenge Tour, the former US Open player is delighted with his two days’ work and is looking forward to an intense weekend of match play.
“My game has been very good so far and it’s nice to see all the parts of my game are coming together,” he said.
 “This is the first week this year that I feel my putting is the way I know it should be, which is something that is really exciting for me.
“I’ve never played in a format like this before and I anticipate it being really, really intense from the get-go. It’s only nine holes playing against professional golfers and anything can happen, so the game has to be sharp from the get-go – there’s no laying off on it. I’m looking forward to it!
“It’s the first time that I’ve taken the lead on a Challenge Tour event. It is something I’m planning on doing a couple more times this year.
“I’ve played some really good golf and I’m planning on doing the same thing over the next couple of days.”
Manley shared first place with Leon after a round of 69. The 39 year old has led in three of the last four rounds on the Challenge Tour, and he continued to impress once again in Spain.
He bounced back from a bogey on the third hole with two successive birdies on holes four and five. Two more gains and one bogey on his back nine meant he held firm at the top of the leaderboard until Leon’s afternoon surge. However, the former Walker Cup winner will be eager to keep his good form going throughout the match- play.
“Obviously you’re going to have a tough opponent every match and you can’t look past each game, so I’ll be very focused on the nine holes tomorrow against my opponent and hopefully I can get a win,” said Manley.
 “I like to play the opponent now and not the course. I’ll see exactly what he does and whether I need to push, whether I need to be safe, so I’ll definitely be playing the opponent.”
Last to make the knock-out stage were the Spanish trio of Mario Galiano Aguilar, Jose I Marin and Daniel Berna Manzanares, plus German Julian Kunzenbacher. 
They all progressed through the play-off at the end of Day Two on the par three ninth. All four carded pars whilst fellow play-off competitors J R Galbraith and Ben Parker bogeyed the hole.

Scores after round  two:
 par 142 (2x71)
 133 S Manley (Wales) 64 69, H Leon (Chile) 68 65 
 135 G Forrest  (Sco) 70 65, L Johnston (Sco) 69 66, J Lima  (Portugal) 67 68, R McGee (Ire) 66 69
 136 A Meronk  (Poland) 69 67, E Di Nitto  (Ita) 69 67
 137 I Cantero Gutierrez  (Spn) 66 71, A Arnaus (Spn) 70 67, M Lundberg (Swe) 68 69, A Michael (SAf) 71 66, E Johansen  (Norway) 67 70, M Hoey  (NIre) 69 68, A Gutierrez (Spn) 66 71, A Garcia-Heredia (Spn) 71 66
 138 L Cianchetti (Ita) 68 70, K Samooja (Finland) 67 71, E De La Riva  (Spn) 70 68, E Cuartero Blanco  (Spn) 66 72, J McDonald  (Sco) 67 71, P Barjon  (Fra) 69 69 
 139 L Vaisanen (Finland) 73 66, R Roussel  (Fra) 71 68, M Carlsson  (Swe) 70 69, D Law (Sco) 69 70, T Tree (Eng) 70 69, C Sharvin (NIre) 69 70, M Habeler (Austria) 65 74, J Lando Casanova  (Fra) 66 73, N Marsh  (Eng) 71 68, R Kakko  (Finland) 69 70, P Figueiredo  (Portugal) 68 71
 140 S Tiley (Eng) 69 71, M Quiros (Spn) 69 71, N Møller  (Denmark) 69 71, A Plant (Eng) 68 72, S Matus  (Czech) 72 68, S Henry  (Sco) 68 72, E Ferguson  (Sco) 71 69, J Parry (Eng) 73 67, M Lampert (Ger) 68 72, N Johansson (Swe) 70 70
 141 B Virto  (Spn) 72 69, J Girrbach (Switz) 69 72, D Perrier (Fra) 69 72, G Porteous (Eng) 70 71, S Gregory (Eng) 69 72, B Eccles (Australia) 71 70, R Kellett (Sco) 70 71, M Ovesen (Denmark) 70 71, J Vecchi Fossa  (Ita) 68 73, T Cruz  (Portugal) 70 71, J Sarasti  (Spn) 69 72, W Besseling  (Netherlands) 67 74, D McElroy (NIre) 68 73, J Abbott (Eng) 68 73, M Ford (Eng) 65 76, J Colomo  (Spn) 69 72, S Webster (Eng) 71 70
 142 M Galiano Aguilar (Spn) 69 73, D Berna Manzanares (Spn) 70 72, J Galbraith  (NIre) 74 68, J Marin (Spn) 70 72, B Parker  (Eng) 71 71, J Kunzenbacher (Ger) 69 73 
 143 J Huldahl (Denmarl) 74 69, R MacIntyre  (Sco) 72 71, J Ramos  (Portugal) 71 72, O Wilson (Eng) 70 73, A Karlsson  (Swe) 71 72, V Østerby (Denmark) 67 76, J Allan  (Eng) 70 73, S Dyson  (Eng) 71 72, A Hidalgo (Spn) (am) 75 68
 144 M Fenasse (Fra) 76 68, A Chapman  (Eng) 74 70, S Einhaus (Ger) 71 73, F Zucchetti  (Ita) 71 73, O Stark (Swe) 76 68, M Millar (Australia) 71 73, M Trappel  (Austria) 68 76, A Tadini (Ita) 76 68, G Migliozzi  (Ita) 69 75, U Coussaud (Fra) 70 74, R Enoch  (Wales) 71 73
 145 F Bergamaschi (Ita) 70 75, G Moynihan (Ire) 73 72, P Erofejeff (Finland) 72 73, D Borda (Spn) 70 75, J Adarraga Gomez  (Spn) 72 73, J Rutherford (Eng) 70 75, B Amor  (Eng) 72 73, S Garcia Rodriguez (Spn) 71 74, M Gaspar  (Portugal) 72 73, V Riu  (Fra) 72 73, A Leitmannstetter  (Ger) 73 72
 146 J Brun  (Fra) 73 73, A Wennstam (Swe) 71 75, S Forsström (Swe) 76 70, D Løkke (Denmark) 76 70, F Maccario (Ita) 68 78, D Van Driel  (Netherlands) 70 76, S Soderberg (Swe) 72 74, J White (Eng) 71 75, M Orrin (Eng) 74 72, R Santos  (Portugal) 70 76, P Gustafsson (Swe) 71 75, S Tarrio Ben  (Spn) 72 74, D Brown (Eng) 70 76 
 147 G King (Eng) 74 73, B Easton (SAf) 73 74, P Maddy (Eng) 73 74, J Pastor (Spn) 72 75, J Caldwell  (NIre) 74 73, A Altuntas  (Turkey) 81 66, M Kim (SKor) 73 74, A Rozner  (Fra) 72 75, L Van Meijel (Netherlands) 74 73, R De Sousa (Switz) 71 76, J Friesz  (Slovakia) 77 70, V Pastor (Spn) (am) 75 72 
 148 N Von Dellingshausen  (Ger) 74 74, C Feldborg Nielsen (Swe) 72 76, J Doherty  (Sco) 72 76, L Ruuska  (Finland) 71 77, D Suchan  (Czech) 71 77, J Van Der Vaart (Netherlands) 76 72, A Velasco (Spn 73 75 
 149 J Adams (Eng) 71 78, R Hjelm (Denmark) 73 76, D Foos (Ger) 72 77, A Bernadet  (Fra) 73 76, J Davidson (Wales) 69 80
 150 M Pastor (Spn) 75 75, A Ameil-Planchin  (Switz) 74 76, M Madsen  (Denmark) 78 72, C Koerbler  (Austria) 74 76 
 151 J Maw (Eng) 80 71, P Howard  (Eng) 75 76, H Yamac (Turkey) 74 77, C Del Moral (Spn) 72 79, J Hilleard  (Eng) 76 75
 152 P Tarver-Jones (Eng) 77 75, L Robinson (Eng) 76 76
 153 Å Nilsson (Swe) 73 80 
 155 J Burnier (Switz) 77 78 
 156 J Sainz (Spn) 78 78 
 158 S Hutsby  (Eng) 75 83
 160 M Søgaard  (Denmark) 76 84 
 ** C Braeunig   (Ger) 76 retired,  G Hurley (Ire) 78 withdrew, M Haastrup  (Denmarl) 69 ret, S Benson (Eng) withdrew, R Davies (Wales) ret, C Doak (Sco) ret 



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