Saturday, September 22, 2018


Billy Spooner, pictured above, from Boston, Lincolnshire, beat another Englishman, Thomas Robson at the third hole of a sudden-death play-offafter to earn his second PGA EuroPro Tour title at the Newmachar Golf Club Challenge near Aberdeen.
Spooner (West Boston Golf Club) started the day as the leader after carding a superb opening round of 65 (-7) to lead by two shots with 18 holes to play, after heavy winds reduced the tournament to a 36-hole event.
After clinching his first title in just the second event of the season at Harleyford Golf Club, Spooner was made to wait until the final regular event of the season the get his hands on EuroPro Tour silverware.
The final day was all but straightforward, as heavy rain at 10.30am postponed action for around two hours, meaning Spooner and the other front runners were forced to wait even longer to get their final rounds underway.
Despite shooting an electrifying score of 29 on the front nine just 24 hours earlier, Spooner couldn’t find similar success on a cold and windy Friday in Aberdeen, going out in 35 (-1) to hold a slender lead over a pack of four other golfers.
Two more birdies on the back nine looked to have done the job for the Bostonian until Parkstone’s Thomas Robson leaped into the clubhouse lead with two birdies in his final three holes, taking his Championship score to -10, meaning Spooner needed to birdie the last to win outright.
However, he couldn’t get to within 15 feet with his approach on the last and had to settle for a par, forcing the second successive playoff of the season.
It was a tense situation, with Robson already confirming his spot in the Tour Championship having started the day ranked 111th, even a second-place finish would have been enough, and Spooner looking to find some of his earlier form from earlier in the season, a win would put him level on wins this season with childhood friend and fellow Boston golfer Dave Coupland.
After playing the 10th and 18th holes once through nothing could separate the two, with Spooner salvaging a superb par on the 10th after finding himself in a difficult lie, he got up and down flawlessly to pile the pressure on Robson who was on the hunt for his first win of his career. Finding themselves playing the 10th hole for a second time, Spooner rolled in a superb birdie putt from 10 feet with Robson not able to respond in similar fashion.
Reflecting on his win he said: “It’s amazing to get my second win of the season, and to do so with my Dad on the bag is even more special, my team is the strongest it has ever been and I can’t thank everyone who has been involved this season enough.
“I’m really looking forward to building on this win with the Tour Championship around the corner, hopefully I can carry on and make more progress up the Order of Merit now I’ve secured a spot on the Challenge Tour.”



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Friday, September 21, 2018

Historic 59 propels Fisher into contention in Portugal
Tournament: Portugal MastersRace to Dubai: Tournament 40 of 47 events
Venue: Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura
Prize fund: €2,000,000
Hashtag: #PortugalMasters
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Round two report

Oliver Fisher recorded the first round of 59 in European Tour history as he took a share of the lead in round two of the Portugal Masters.
In 46 years and over 690,000 rounds of golf nobody had ever gone lower than 60 on the European Tour but Fisher changed all that at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, making ten birdies and an eagle in his 12 under par round.
After starting the day at level par his historic round took him to the top of the leaderboard alongside fellow Englishman Eddie Pepperell and overnight leader Lucas Herbert of Australia.
Herbert carded a 67 with Pepperell going one better but the day belonged to Fisher, who could have gone one lower, but grazed the edge on the last when putting for a 58.
Since the formation of the European Tour in 1972 there had been 19 rounds of 60, with David Llewellyn's in 1988 and Brandon Stone's earlier this summer sandwiching - among 14 others - two from Darren Clarke and one here in Valamoura from Scott Jamieson in 2013.
Fisher has now written his own chapter of European Tour history, and after having to fire a 64 here two years ago to keep his card, he admits it is an amazing feeling to be Mr 59.
Another Englishman in Matt Wallace is one shot off the lead at 11 under par, one clear of China's Li Haotong, Italian Renato Paratore and Frenchman Adrien Saddier. Ricardo Gouveia is the leading Portuguese player, recording a round of 66 to sit amongst a group of four players on nine under par.
Player quotes
Oliver Fisher: “It's a great feeling. It feels great to make history here in Portugal. It's a great tournament and it's great for the European Tour and obviously myself to shoot 59. I was chuffed with the day. When I went out I was at level par and trying to make the cut, and then shooting that... It was just a great day all round.
“I started the round really well with three birdies, and then managed to hole a bunker shot on the fifth, so I was five under through five. I missed a couple of chances on seven and nine, so I could have quite easily been out in nine under. I got on to a run around ten, 11, 12, so then I was thinking 59 was on the cards with 15 and 17 ahead of me. 
“The big hole for me was 16. I hit a poor shot into the green and had a tough decision to make whether I chipped it or putted it. Went with the putter and left it a long way short and managed to hole a 20-footer for par.  After that it was about hitting a couple of good drives on 17 and 18 which I did, and I just tried to enjoy it really.
“It's a very different feeling here in 2018 compared to what it was like back in 2016 I think. That was in the back of my mind. I got a great round going on that Sunday, and it was a matter of keeping things going on that day. I felt like I had done it before, so that was a good thing to look back on.”
Eddie Pepperell: “I'm pretty satisfied, my game is in a good place generally I would say. I'm swinging pretty confidently.
“Just for Matt (Wallace) not to get a fourth, that's all of the incentive I need to win. It's been great, I'm not one for rivalries or anything like that, but I do feel like this year with Matt he's pulling me along a bit and maybe at times I've pulled him along a bit, I don't know, he would have to say that, he's very driven. It's nice, I feel like we're at similar stages-ish in our careers you could argue. We're definitely on the up at the moment and it's always easier if there's another guy with you on that journey.
“We watched Fisher hole out on the last. It's brilliant and fitting in a way that it was Ollie. Honestly couldn't have happened to a nicer guy, a prodigious talent.  I went up against him in Qatar and really enjoyed it, it would be great to do that again on Sunday here.”
Lucas Herbert: “It was good. Less traffic through the greens this morning, they were rolling quite nicely and not a lot of wind. I would have liked to have taken advantage of those conditions a bit more, but I’m still happy to be in the position I am going into the weekend.
“It’s been a fun season. It’s a bit of a step up coming to the European Tour. There’s a bunch of good players out here and the fields are quite deep. You’ve got to bring you’re a game each week to compete, so I’ve really enjoyed the challenge, especially seeing all of these different places. I hadn’t really travelled Europe too much before so it’s been really nice seeing a bunch of different spots.
“I just saw the 59, it’s pretty phenomenal. You hate to put a dampener on it and say the course is easy, you really have to go out there and shoot a low number. I think it’s great, it’s a number that has been sitting there waiting to be knocked off for a long time. I thought there was a chance for me yesterday before we made a few pars coming in. I’m pretty happy for him, really nice guy. I can’t think of anyone I would rather have shoot the 59 other than myself.”
Matt Wallace: “That one was big at the end. I caught two really nasty lies. I felt like I had stepped up to hit the right shots and caught those lies and I've managed to hole a 25 footer for par so really happy. 
“A little disappointed with the three putt on 17 after two really good shots but we're going to go to the range now and work on it as it hasn't been pretty the last few days.
“I don't think the 59 could have happened to a better player. He's been out here for so long, such a good ambassador for the European Tour He's such a good player as well. It wasn't a surprise to any golfers who were sitting in the lunch room watching him go ten under through 12 or something like that.”
Round two scores
par 142 (2x71)
130 E Pepperell (Eng) 64 66, O Fisher (Eng) 71 59, L Herbert (Aus) 63 67,131 M Wallace (Eng) 64 67,132 R Paratore (Ita) 66 66, H Li (Chn) 65 67, A Saddier (Fra) 66 66,133 J Scrivener (Aus) 66 67, S Lowry (Irl) 64 69, M Kinhult (Swe) 68 65, R Gouveia (Por) 67 66,134 R Jacquelin (Fra) 66 68, A Wu (Chn) 70 64, K Koivu (Fin) 66 68, G Havret (Fra) 70 64,135 R Sterne (RSA) 69 66, T Lewis (Eng) 72 63, J Campillo (Esp) 67 68, C Schwartzel (RSA) 69 66, P Angles (Esp) 70 65, S Gallacher (Sco) 68 67, J Smith (Eng) 68 67, A Sullivan (Eng) 69 66, M Korhonen (Fin) 66 69,136 Y Miyazato (Jpn) 68 68, J Geary (Nzl) 68 68, S Lee (Kor) 67 69, L Bjerregaard (Den) 68 68, G Petrozzi (Eng) 66 70, A Chesters (Eng) 66 70, S Garcia (Esp) 66 70, G Fernandez - Castaño (Esp) 67 69, P Dunne (Irl) 68 68, R Bland (Eng) 68 68, D Horsey (Eng) 68 68,137 A Cañizares (Esp) 67 70, G Coetzee (RSA) 67 70, T Olesen (Den) 68 69, N Colsaerts (Bel) 68 69, J Kruyswijk (RSA) 69 68, L Jensen (Den) 72 65, H Porteous (RSA) 68 69, R Fisher (Eng) 68 69, S Heisele (Ger) 68 69, J Norris (Aus) 67 70, R McGowan (Eng) 70 67, D Howell (Eng) 66 71, M Lundberg (Swe) 71 66, S Locke (Sco) 68 69, M Baldwin (Eng) 69 68, M Schwab (Aut) 69 68,138 C Sordet (Fra) 74 64, T Pulkkanen (Fin) 69 69, P Khongwatmai (Tha) 68 70, N Elvira (Esp) 68 70, D Willett (Eng) 69 69, C Wood (Eng) 72 66, S Kjeldsen (Den) 70 68, M Pavon (Fra) 68 70, J Edfors (Swe) 68 70, R Fox (Nzl) 70 68, R Santos (Por) 71 67, D Lipsky (USA) 69 69,139 M Nixon (Eng) 73 66, J Van Zyl (RSA) 69 70, M Warren (Sco) 75 64, R Rock (Eng) 69 70, F Aguilar (Chi) 70 69, J Ritchie (RSA) 69 70, T Aiken (RSA) 70 69, A Johnston (Eng) 71 68, P Larrazábal (Esp) 72 67, J Guerrier (Fra) 71 68, S Jamieson (Sco) 70 69, B Hafthorsson (Isl) 73 66, N Bertasio (Ita) 67 72, C Hanson (Eng) 67 72, B Dredge (Wal) 67 72, J Choi (Kor) 70 69, C Bezuidenhout (RSA) 70 69, D Brooks (Eng) 69 70,140 P Widegren (Swe) 68 72, A Levy (Fra) 70 70, C Ford (Eng) 68 72, S Gros (Fra) 74 66, A Connelly (Can) 68 72, R Evans (Eng) 71 69, L Gagli (Ita) 71 69, M Tullo (Chi) 73 67, R Green (Aus) 70 70, M Southgate (Eng) 71 69, C Shinkwin (Eng) 69 71, S Brazel (Aus) 69 71, H Stewart (USA) 70 70,141 T Santos Silva (Por) 68 73, P Oriol (Esp) 68 73, G Green (Mas) 72 69, A Rai (Eng) 71 70, Z Lombard (RSA) 68 73, H Sturehed (Swe) 72 69,142 B Hebert (Fra) 71 71, O Farr (Wal) 69 73, N Cullen (Aus) 67 75, J Winther (Den) 73 69, M Kieffer (Ger) 68 74, P Harrington (Irl) 73 69, P Waring (Eng) 70 72, D Im (USA) 71 71, R Ramsay (Sco) 72 70, P Hanson (Swe) 75 67,143 D Drysdale (Sco) 70 73, R Dawson (Irl) 74 69, M Manassero (Ita) 70 73, S Soderberg (Swe) 69 74, A Cabrera (Arg) 74 69, P Peterson (USA) 71 72, S Brown (Eng) 73 70, J Thomson (Eng) 73 70, P Edberg (Swe) 73 70, J Munro (Aus) 75 68, R Cho (Kor) 73 70, H Ellis (Eng) 74 69,144 H Tanihara (Jpn) 70 74, M Siem (Ger) 70 74, B Neil (Sco) 73 71, J Stalter (Fra) 73 71, J Morrison (Eng) 70 74, M Gaspar (Por) 72 72, M Jordan (Eng) 71 73,145 T Cruz (Por) 74 71, J Lagergren (Swe) 72 73, T Jaidee (Tha) 71 74, C Blomstrand (Swe) 72 73, S Webster (Eng) 71 74, A Quiros (Esp) 74 71, S Horsfield (Eng) 70 75, J Dantorp (Swe) 71 74,146 R McEvoy (Eng) 72 74, C Syme (Sco) 76 70, J Walters (RSA) 74 72, G Bourdy (Fra) 73 73,147 R Wattel (Fra) 74 73, J Donaldson (Wal) 76 71, S Khan (Eng) 69 78, F Jacobson (Swe) 71 76, V Lopes (am) (Por) 73 74,148 T Detry (Bel) 72 76, J Carlota (Por) 74 74, S Fernandez (Esp) 74 74, C Koepka (USA) 75 73,149 J Ramos (Por) 74 75,150 L Canter (Eng) 70 80,153 T Gouveia (Por) 78 75, T Rodrigues (Por) 79 74, A Girão (am) (Por) 78 75, ** M Jonzon (Swe) 78 retired


Sensational 60 accelerates Ford into pole position in France
Tournament: Hopps Open de Provence 
Golf International de Pont Royal, Mallemort, France  
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Matt Ford shot an amazing 12 under par round of 60 to lead by five shots at the Hopps Open de Provence at the halfway stage in France.
Ford carded the lowest professional round of his career to set a new course-record by three strokes at Golf International de Pont Royal and increase his chance of a first European Challenge Tour title.
The Englishman started the day four shots behind overnight leader Joachim B. Hansen but followed up his opening round of 69 with a bogey-free 60, including 10 birdies and an eagle to record the lowest Challenge Tour round of the season.
The 40 year old gained two birdies in his first five holes before making four consecutive sub-par figures around the turn to lie one shot off Day Two’s early leader Hugo Leon.
His seventh birdie of the day came at the 12th before he drained a 20-foot eagle putt on the par five 14th to race into the lead. With Oliver Fisher carding the European Tour’s first ever round of 59 in Portugal earlier in the day, Ford nearly matched it as he birdied three of his final four holes for an outstanding round of 60.
“It’s the best round of my career,” he said. “It was pretty amazing and I’m very happy with it.
“If you hole putts then the confidence grows. I holed a couple of nice ones, especially when the camera was around. I made a nice one for eagle on 14 and then a nice one on the last as well, but the majority of birdie putts were inside ten foot.
“I saw Oli’s score as we were teeing off and someone said that he’d carded a 59 when we were going round, so congratulations to him.
“A 59 didn’t enter my mind today, maybe when the eagle putt went in on 14, but I’ve had a pretty average season so to put in a low score here, similar to the one at the Bridgestone Challenge, was pleasing and hopefully I can card a few more in the next couple of weeks.
“I struggled a little bit off the tee yesterday but today was better, and I think that’s the key around here. My irons were solid, and I putted nicely.
“I’ve been trying my hardest every week, but it hasn’t quite been working this year, so I’ll keep fighting and working over the weekend.”
Five strokes behind Ford is Leon, who led for the majority of Day Two, as he carded a second successive five under par round of 65. The Chilean was bogey-free on his front nine, including three birdies, but dropped a shot on the 11th, however, he finished strong with four gains and one blemish on his final five holes to lie second after the second round.
One shot behind Leon are Scot Ewen Ferguson, Martin Ovesen and leading Frenchman Romain Langasque, who delighted the home fans with two eagles on his card. However, overnight leader and Road to Ras Al Khaimah number one Hansen is a further shot behind the trio on eight under par.
David Law is a second Scot in the top 10. A seven-birdie round of 66 for 136 has him sharing sixth place.
The Aberdonian birdied the third, seventh, ninth, 13th, 14th, 17th and 18th - one bogey, at the 10th, in halves of 33.
 Par 140 (2x70)
 129 M Ford (Eng) 69 60 
 134 H Leon (Chi) 67 67 
 135 R Langasque  (Fra) 66 69, E Ferguson  (Sco) 66 69, M Ovesen (Den) 69 66
 136 J Sjöholm (Swe) 68 68, R Kakko  (Fin) 66 70, J Hansen  (Den) 65 71, D Law (Sco) 70 66, J Senior (Eng) 70 66, V Perez (Fra) 72 64, 
 137 A Michael (SAf) 68 69, D Perrier (Fra) 66 71, C Braeunig   (Ger) 68 69, 
 138 P Figueiredo  (Por) 69 69, G Forrest  (Sco) 70 68, A Arnaus (Esp) 69 69, J Girrbach (Sui) 69 69, E España (Fra) 70 68, 
 139 R Roussel  (Fra) 72 67, P Maddy (Eng) 71 68, A Tadini (Ita) 71 68, D Van Driel  (Ned) 68 71, 
 140 K Samooja (Fin) 70 70, S Forsström (Swe) 68 72, N Johansson (Swe) 71 69, 
 141 R Enoch  (Wales) 72 69, M Carlsson  (Swe) 71 70, G Moynihan (Irl) 70 71, O Lindell  (Fin) 73 68, B Stow (Eng) 70 71, J Huldahl (Den) 67 74, 
 142 A Knappe (Ger) 70 72, J Lando Casanova  (Fra) 72 70, K Johannessen (Nor) 77 65, B Hellgren  (Swe) 71 71, F Bergamaschi (Ita) 70 72, J Carlsson (Swe) 71 71, S Manley (Wal) 72 70, J Sarasti  (Spn) 71 71, E Di Nitto  (Ita) 71 71, M Haastrup  (Den) 74 68, J Arnoy (Nor) 68 74, O Stark (Swe) 69 73, R Van West  (Ned) 74 68, N Lemke (Swe) 71 71, C Del Moral (Spn) 69 73, M Iten  (Switz) 71 71, 
 143 M Armitage (Eng) 72 71, A Rozner  (Fra) 68 75, E Dubois (Fra) 69 74, O Bekker (RSA) 70 73, N Geyger (Chile) 73 70, M Trappel  (Austria) 70 73, A Plant (Eng) 66 77, A Meronk  (Poland) 73 70, R Sciot-Siegrist  (Fra) 67 76, M Schneider (Ger) 71 72, J Lima  (Por) 71 72, G Porteous (Eng) 75 68, C Bordone (am) (Fra) 70 73, D Mary (am) (Fra) 72 71

 144 J Brun  (Fra) 73 71, M Decottignies-Lafon (Fra) 71 73, E Cuartero Blanco  (Esp) 73 71, D Papadatos (Australia) 72 72, M Orrin (Eng) 71 73, B Evans  (Eng) 72 72, B Virto  (Esp) 68 76, D Stewart (Sco) 73 71, N Von Dellingshausen  (Ger) 73 71, G Naveau (am) (Fra) 75 69, 
 145 L Nemecz (Austria) 73 72, S Tiley (Eng) 73 72, M Fenasse (Fra) 75 70, R McGee (Irl) 76 69, U Coussaud (Fra) 76 69, J Van Der Vaart (Ned) 69 76, J Adams (Eng) 73 72, M Lampert (Ger) 72 73, 
 146 S Benson (Eng) 74 72, S Matus  (Cze) 72 74, C Doak (Sco) 73 73, C Sharvin (Nir) 77 69, E Johansen  (Nor) 70 76, J Doherty  (Sco) 73 73, J Adarraga Gomez  (Esp) 75 71, 
 147 S Henry  (Sco) 73 74, J McDonald  (Sco) 74 73, F Laporta (Ita) 70 77, H Joannes  (Bel) 73 74, 
 148 B Parker  (Eng) 72 76, V Riu  (Fra) 72 76, N Kimsey (Eng) 77 71, M Altmeyer (Fra) 78 70, C Feldborg Nielsen (Swe) 79 69, E Catherine  (Fra) 73 75, A Snobeck  (Fra) 73 75, M Madsen  (Den) 72 76, 
 149 R MacIntyre  (Sco) 78 71, T Murray (Eng) 73 76, A Karlsson  (Swe) 70 79, S Testelin (Fra) 70 79, M Wiegele  (Austria) 78 71, O Lengden (Swe) 74 75, 
 150 H Tisserand  (Fra) 77 73, W Besseling  (Ned) 77 73, A Widemann (Fra) 72 78, 
 151 H Dobson (Eng) 75 76, A Velasco (Esp) 74 77, C Menut  (Fra) 75 76, R Marguery (Fra) 77 74, J Bekirian (am) (Fra) 74 77, 
 152 D Huizing (Ned) 78 74, J Vecchi Fossa  (Ita) 79 73, V Veyret (am) (Fra) 75 77, 
 153 J Caldwell  (Nir) 76 77, R Bechu (Fra) 77 76, N Tacher (Fra) 74 79, J Ballesteros (Spn) 80 73, A Rosaye (Fra) 81 72, 
 154 F Fritsch  (Ger) 76 78, 
 156 G Stal  (Fra) 79 77, T Brizard (am) (Fra) 81 75, 
 157 J Coupade (Fra) 76 81, 
 165 J Voisard (Fra) 83 82, 
 ** J Lopez Lazaro (Fra) 80 WD, M Hoey  (Nir) 79 WD, M Schmitt  (Ger) 78 RT, A Bernadet  (Fra) 82 WD, B Chapellan (Fra) 84 RT, A Chapman  (Eng) RT  0.


Draw for Scottish Alliance Championship at Boat of Garten from October 2 to 4

Late entries and scratches for the Scottish Golfers' Alliance 54-hole championship at Boat of Garten Golf Club from October 2 to 4 can be made by calling 01343 812241 or mobile 07875 908023 or by Emails to
8.00 D Templeton (Murcar Links, G H Hay (Boat of Garten), partner
8.40 I Macaulay (Moray), C Smith (Arbroath), A Smith (Duff House Royal)
8.50 T Madden (Elgin), G Pyott (Arbroath), partner
9.00 P G A Leggate (Musselburgh), A Casey (Moray), A Cameron (Fortrose and Rosemarkie)
9.10 N Chisholm (Kemnay), A McWilliam (Moray), J A Grant (Boat of Garten)
9.20 R Coupar (Duff House Royal), partners
9.30 A Boxx (Boat of Garten), G Hamilton (Moray), P McLean (Peterhead) p
9.40 W B Johnston (Moray), A Greenshields (Auchterarder), K Duncan (Cruden Bay) p
9.50 J K England (Moray), D Jamieson (Carnoustie), C Gilbert (Cruden Bay)
10.00 R Denning (Inverurie), J Cree (St Andrews New), partner
10.10 M Forster (Cruden Bay), P Cheyne (Northern), partner
10.20  I Hamilton (Elgin), J Dick (Duddingston) p, partner
10.30 R Wright (Auchmill), D Wilson (Paul Lawrie GC), A J Duncan (Murrayshall)
10.40 J Forrest (Northern), D Mackay (Fort Augustus), D K Hutchison (Murrayshall)
10.50 G Homer (Aboyne), C Cassie (Nigg Bay), D Munro (Kingsknowe)
11.00 B Lumsden Northern), D McLean (Kemnay), J White (Harrison)
11.10 W Skene (Deeside), P Cowen (West Lothian), D Leslie (Bon Accord)
11.30 R Duncan (Deeside), J Sunley (Newmachar), N Dyce (Strathmore)
11.40 A Clark (Newmachar), N McGarva (Kilmacolm), P Low (Craibstone)
11.50 D Spaven (Pitlochry), R Ruddiman (Royal Aberdeen), partner
12.00 C Westland (Alloa), G Allan (Newmachar), R Harrower (Boat of Garten) p
12.10 P Cornfield (Newmachar), P Brookes (Braehead) p, partner
12.20 G Cant (Monifieth), I Jeen (St Andrews New), J Duff (Newmachar) p
12.30 I Cooke (Ballumbie Castle), J Nicolson (Newmachar), S Birrell (unatt)
12.40 B Nicolson (Newmachar), L Sutherland (Monifieth) p, partner
12.50 D F Sharp (Boat of Garten), D Nelson (Aboyne), D Morrison (Pitlochry)
1.00  J Rogers (Inverness), W Hutton (Pitlochry), partner


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Van Dam leads by four at halfway in Spain

SITGES, SPAIN: Anne Van Dam holds a four-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open after a second successive round of seven-under-par 64.
The 22-year-old Xiamen International Open champion carded a bogey-free round including seven birdies to sit at 14-under-par at the spectacular sea-side Terramar golf club in Sitges.
A pair of 65s for Spain’s Carmen Alonso and Germany’s Caroline Masson put them into joint second with overnight leader Celine Herbin from France.
“It was really nice to play with Carlota (Ciganda) and Anna (Nordqvist),” said Van Dam. “For me as a young player, I look up to them and see them on TV. To play alongside them for me is a lot of fun. I tried to learn a few things although I played really well. There are still 36 holes to go but the way I am swinging it now, I’m quite confident going into the weekend and looking forward to it.”
Another long hitter, Alonso also had seven birdies to get into contention for her first LET win, following her breakthrough victory on the LET Access Series three months ago.
The 34-year-old from Valladolid, in her 14th year on tour, has long been regarded as one of the most naturally talented players in women’s golf and she has renewed self-belief this season, thanks to a virtual reunion with her former coach, Jonathan Yarwood, whom she contacted via Facebook in September last year. They have been working together through video calls, but she has planned to go and see him in the United States next week for the first time in 14 years.
Masson, the 29-year-old former South African Open champion, was also feeling confident after mixing eight birdies with two bogeys. She said: “It wasn’t the perfect round of golf and I still made a few mistakes but I kept it together nicely and played nicely. I think it’s one of those golf courses where you almost feel like you have a birdie chance on every hole. Once you get into a rhythm and hole a few putts you can make a lot in a row.”
Herbin (71) had a topsy turvy round which started with two bogeys and ended in symmetrical fashion, although there was a magical spell in between, where she picked up four shots in as many holes, including an eagle at the 13th.
“I didn’t begin well but I came back little by little,” she said. “It was a strong section where I went birdie, eagle, par, birdie and almost birdie again. Then I finished badly with two bogeys. If I’d had minus four or five, I’d be happy, but I’m not going to complain about being minus nine after two rounds.”
Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist and Klara Spilkova from the Czech Republic had matching 64s – the joint lowest scores of the day with Van Dam – to share fifth with Indian Aditi Ashok (68) on eight-under-par.
Nordvist had a run of six birdies from the 10th, but ended with three pars in the Spanish sunshine, while Spilkova had five birdies over the same six holes.
Ashok is in contention, but felt she could do better. She said: “Today my putter was ice cold but it’s been okay. I’ve played a lot of golf in the last few weeks so I’m sure it will come tomorrow or the day after.”
The final two rounds will be televised live from 13:00-16:00 local time and will also be available to watch live via the LET website in multiple countries, including in the UK.
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Great day for second teams at Northern Counties Cup
It was a great day for second teams at the Northern Counties Cup men's double foursomes knock-out tournament at Royal Aberdeen Golf club today - and also for Royal Aberdeen 2's Steven Buchan (pictured) who had a hole in one with a pitching wedge at the short eighth in the tie against Fraserburgh.
Holders Moray 1  comfortably won against Banchory 2 by 10 holes, but more surprisingly their second team beat a strong Inverness team by four holes.  

Newmachar 2, Cruden Bay 2, Royal Aberdeen 2, all beat first teams and to top it all, Steven Buchan from Royal Aberdeen 2 had a hole in one at the eighth against Fraserburgh.
Another shock today was the one-hole defeat of last year’s finalists, Murcar Links, by Tain. Tain’s first pairing of Munro Ferris and Sean Kennedy won by five holes against Neil Sadler and Doug Elrick while Gary Urquhart and Alan Everett lost to Murcar Links@ Ryan Sharp and Adrian Styles by four holes.
Driving rain and wind  made it very difficult for the players in the morning but, with the course being in wonderful condition, it held up really well.

Orkney 1 bt Nigg Bay by 2 holes
P Kemp, B Reeve 2, L O’Conner, R Forbes 0; A Bonner, P McKinlay 0, G Grimmer, T Ogston 0.
Turriff bt Wick 2 by 9 holes
S Clarihew, R Clarihew 9, A Mackay, G Davidson 0; I Ross, N Smith 0, C Taylor, A Forbes 0.
Peterhead 1 bt Newmachar 1 by 3 holes
D Buchan, C Crawford 3, J Ross, M Rae 0; S Anderson, D Addison 0, C Simpson, M McKechnie 0.
McDonald Ellon bt Orkney 2 by 9 holes
A Dunton, C Pirie 3, E Donaldson, J McGregor 0; G Reid, R Yule 6, J Russell, C Harcus 0.
Newmachar 2 bt Royal Dornoch 1 by 9 holes
C Gauld, L Strath 9, C Mailey, L McLeod 0; A Chan, I Taylor 0, M Schinkel, B Urquhart 0.
Moray 1 bt Banchory 2 by 10 holes
S Tatters, M Macleman 5, D Brand, S Strachan 0; K. Godsman, G Murray 5, C Lindsay, B Milne 0.
Orkney 1 bt Royal Dornoch 2 by 3 holes
P Kemp, B Reeve 2, D Pearson, G Minton 0; A Bonner, P McKinlay 1, C Taylor, G Bethune 0.
Eriskay Whisky Galore bt Duff House Royal 2 by 16 holes
G Ross, R Stewart 8, J Sleigh, G Buchan 0; T Hinde, P Bannerman 8, N Campbell, R Lovie 0.
Wick 1 bt Turriff by 2 holes
D Thorburn, G Steven 0, S Clarihew, R Clarihew 3; A Larnoch, N Klimas 5, I Ross, N Smith 0.
Nairn bt Fortrose and Rosemarkie by 4 holes
A Burgess, F Asher 0, A Cameron, L Reid 0; F Fotheringham,R Bremner 4, M MacDonald, C Gaittens 0.
Forres bt Peterhead 1 at 19th
J Wright, M Wilson 1, D Buchan, C Crawford 0, B Fotheringham, R McKerron 0, S Anderson, D Addison 1.
Royal Aberdeen 1 bt Peterhead 2 by 7 holes
M Halliday, D Macandrew 6, R Gordon, S Philips 0; N Macandrew, N Young 1, J Murray, I Taylor 0.
Cruden Bay 1 bt McDonald Ellon by 7 holes
C Gilbert, J Godward 6, A Dunton, C Pirie 0; J Booth, S Robertson 1, G Reid, R Yule 0.
Moray 2 bt Inverness by 4 holes
J Edwards, P McHardy 2, D Joel, J Forbes 0; N Stables, R Copland 2, K Mackay, J Keith 0.
Newmachar 2 bt Brora by 4 holes
C Gauld, L Strath 1, J Macbeath, R Cameron 0; A Chan, I Taylor 3, E Polson, C Stewart 0. 
Meldrum House bt Deeside by 2 holes
C McCombie, D Kinnear 0, J Hall, C Howe 0; D Morrison, S Reaper 2, J Roberson, S Ritchie 0.
Cruden Bay 2 bt Duff House Royal 1 at 19th
C Stephen, C Gray 0, L West, E Gray 2; D King, D Milne 2, P Gordon, C Matheson 0.

Banchory 1 bt Elgin by 7 holes
A Lindsay, L Smart 4, R Bremner, S Milne 0; J Harling, F Milne 3, D Hector, S Mullen 0.

Royal Aberdeen 2 bt Fraserburgh by 6 holes
D Sim, S Buchan 5, D Bond, D Henderson 1; I Middleton, D Purdie 1, F Milne, J Richie 0.

Muir of Ord bt Reay by 6 holes
J Whittet S Johnson 0, T Ross, E Munro 1; S Forbes, G Forsyth 7, R Munro, G Munro 0.

Tain bt Murcar Links by 1 hole
M Ferris, S Kennedy 5, N Sadler, D Elrick 0; G Urquhart, A Everett 0, R Sharp, A Styles 4.


8.00 Moray 1 v Orkney 1
8.15 Eriskay v Wick 1
8.30 Nairn v Forres
8.45 Royal Aberdeen 1 v Cruden Bay 1
9.00 Moray 2 v Newmachar 2
9.15 Meldrum House v Cruden Bay 2
9.30 Banchory 1 v Royal Aberdeen 2
9.45 Muir of Ord v Tain
12.45 Moray 1 or Orkney 1 v Eriskay or Wick 1
01.15 Nairn or Forres v Royal Aberdeen 1 or Cruden Bay 1
01.45 Moray 2 or Newmachar 2 v Meldrum House or Cruden Bay 2
02.15 Banchory 1 or Royal Aberdeen 2 v Muir of Ord or Tain
SEMI-FINALS @ 8.30 and 8.45
FINAL @ 1.30






Link to final prize list at EuroPro Tour event at Newmachar

1England Billy Spooner
  Boston West Golf Club
-3F-106569134£10,000.00WON PLAY-OFF
2England Thomas Robson
  Parkstone Golf Club
3England Will Whiteoak
  Shipley Golf Club
4Scotland Calum Fyfe (amateur)
5Wales Richard James
  Aberdovey Golf club
T6Scotland Daniel Young
  Kingsbarns Pro Academy
T6England Joe Brooks
  Hanbury Manor Golf Club
T6England Daniel Gavins
  Howley Hall Golf Club
T6England Joe Heraty
  Strike Sports
T6Scotland James McLeary
  Deer Park Golf and Country Club
T6England Chris Gane
  Lefthandedgolf at Silvermere




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