Friday, November 09, 2007


Aberdonian John Chillas lies one shot off the lead held by Argentina’s Adan Sowa at The Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy, Seniors Tour Championship at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club, where the final European Seniors Tour event of 2007 is taking place.
In testing, windy conditions in south-east England, the 56 year old Scot, pictured right, added a battling second round of two under par 70 to close out his 36 hole total in seven under par 137, just one back from Sowa, who shot 69 and is on eight under par 136.
Chillas is seeking his second victory of 2007, after winning the Scandinavian Senior Open in September. He said: “It was an awkward day in awkward conditions, because the wind cast a lot of doubt in your mind over shot selection and it was tough to get the ball close to the pins. So to have just one bogey and three birdies was pleasing.”
Bill Longmuir, winner of The Midas English Seniors Open in August, is three adrift of Sowa after shooting a three under par 69 to finish on five under par 139 in a tie for third spot. He went out in 33, but came back in level par 36.
He said: “I felt great on the front nine and had real momentum going, but then we had to let Tony Johnstone’s group behind us through on the 10th, and we lost our pace of play. I three-putted three times in four holes. It was a shame, but I’m still in it and it’d be nice to finish off the year with another win. We’ll see.”
Sam Torrance, also bidding to close 2007 on a winning note, shared that hope after he added a one over par 73 to finish tied for seventh spot on three under par 131.
He said: “It was a tough day out there and one you had to grind out. I’m still in with a chance. Five shots back is not insurmountable, but I’ll have to play well to do it.”
Fellow Scottish challengers Ross Drummond (72-74) is on two over par 146 in tied 26th spot, while Martin Gray (72-75) is on three over par 147.
The final 18 holes takes place on Saturday, after which England’s Carl Mason will receive the John Jacobs Trophy awarded to the winner of the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit, following his prolific season during which he won five times.
Par 144 (2 x 72)
136 A Sowa (Arg) 67 69.
137 J Chillas (Sco) 67 70.
139 B Longmuir (Sco) 70 69, J Quiros (Esp) 70 69.
140 N Job (Eng) 70 70, C Rocca (Ita) 70 70.
141 S Ginn (Aus) 69 72, D Johnson (USA) 68 73, D Merriman (Aus) 69 72, S Torrance (Sco) 68 73.
142 J Bland (RSA) 69 73,
143 B Cameron (Eng) 71 72, P Dugeny (Fra) 72 71, A Fernandez (Chl) 71 72, J Rivero (Esp) 75 68.
144 G Cali (Ita) 71 73, B Heuchan (Can) 71 73, C Mason (Eng) 72 72.
145 H Carbonetti (Arg) 74 71, L Carbonetti (Arg) 72 73, G Encina (Chl) 71 74, A Murray (Eng) 69 76, P Oakley (USA) 76 69, M Poxon (Eng) 73 72, D Smyth (Irl) 73 72.
146 GJ Brand (Eng) 72 74, R Drummond (Sco) 72 74, DJ Russell (Eng) 73 73, K Spurgeon (Eng) 74 72.
147 M Gray (Sco) 72 75, B Lincoln (RSA) 74 73.
148 D Cambridge (Jam) 75 73, D Good (Aus) 76 72, D O’Sullivan (Irl) 71 77, G Ralph (Eng) 73 75, E Rodriguez (Esp) 74 74.
149 T Allen (Eng) 70 79, T Johnstone (Zim) 70 79, J Rhodes (Eng) 75 75.
155 S Owen (Nzl) 76 79.
157 E Darcy (Irl) 77 80, T Horton (Eng) 77 80.



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