Friday, July 22, 2016

Four Scots make the cut in Challenge Tour event

Kellett keeps it going - a shot off lead at 

halfway in France


Motherwell's Ross Kellett, pictured, maintained a remarkable run of recent form at Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge in France today after a four under par second round of 67 put him on 11 under par for the week.
The Scot recovered from a bogey on the first hole to make four birdies and an eagle and sit one shot behind halfway leader Clément Sordet after day two at Golf PGA France du Vaudreuil.
The 28 year old Kellett arrived in France buoyed by a good performance at last week’s Fred Olsen Challenge de España and has maintained the fine form that has seen five of his last six rounds be in the 60s.
“It’s been a nice couple of days,” he said. “I’ve kept myself out of trouble and given myself a lot of looks at birdies, and I’ve hit a lot of greens in regulations which is actually becoming even trickier now with it firming up.
“I’ve been controlling my ball well in the conditions and even hitting some nice shots out of the rough, running it up onto the greens, so I’ll take 11 under and hope for much of the same over the weekend.
“I see a lot of the shots out here. There are a lot of tees to shape the ball off and I feel comfortable in the surroundings, the weather’s nice and it’s just a great place to play golf.
“I feel as though I hit the ball much the same last week as this week and I’ve kept away from any trouble and holed some nice putts – consistency is what we all strive for and the last six rounds have certainly been that way.
“Golf’s a crazy game at times and I’ll just do everything I can control, my own processes and what I’m thinking about, and whatever the outcome is – good, bad or indifferent – I won’t get ahead of myself and will see what comes.
Last week’s tournament in Spain, won by Frenchman Adrien Saddier, was notable for a 59 – only the second in the history of the Challenge Tour – by Nicolo Ravano, but the day before it was Kellett who threatened the history books with around of 60.
“I took a lot of confidence from last week, especially the first round,” he said. “I’ve shot low rounds before but I’ve never been that low, so to know I can do it is great, and I took a lot from finishing third – I felt like I held my own in the final round, and hats off to Adrien for what he did.
“I was delighted for Nico, and maybe he took some inspiration from me. I actually had quite a nice looking putt for 59, about 15ft from the fringe, a bit right to left, and I just left it in the jaws. But it’s nice to have that feeling and know you’ve got that in you – you’re not scared to keep going when you get to five, six, seven.
“My season’s been trending on the up. I played lovely in Denmark in tough conditions and finished in the top 20 there, then La Gomera I’ve been to three or four times so I feel I know it well, and there’s a nice run of tournaments now so I’m just going to try to keep it going.”
Duncan Stewart (69 for 137 and T14), Paul Shields (65 for 138 and T17) and Peter Whiteford (68 for 141 and T48) also made the cut which fell at 142.
Shields came home in 31 for his 65 after running up a double bogey 7 at the fifth. In his first round, Shields had a triple bogey 7 at the 18th.
David Law (70-73) and Bradley Neil (66-77) both failed by a shot with 143 aggregates. Law birdied the seventh but was then three over par for his last 11 holes with bogeys at the ninth, 11th and 16th.
Neil had double bogeys at the sixth and seventh in 42 blows to the turn.
Jack Doherty (72 for 150) also missed out.

par 142 (2x71)
130 Clement Sordet (France) 66 64
131 Ross Kellett (Scotland) 64 67
132 Alexander Bjork (Sweden) 67 65, Nick Cullen (Australia) 66 66, Seb Heisele (Germany) 63 69, Dylan Frittelli (South Africa) 67 65.

137 Duncan Stewart 68 69 (T14)
138 Paul Shields 73 65 (T17)
141 Peter Whiteford 73 68 (T48)

MISSED THE CUT (142 and better qualified)
143 David Law 70 73, Bradley Neil 66 77
150 Jack Doherty 78 72



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