Thursday, July 21, 2016

Senior Golf Circuit for over-48s' 36-hole competition

Baker and Taylor tie for victory at Arbroath

after American misses short putt at the last 

Peter Baker from Shifnal, Shropshire, who won 3pts out of four in the 1993 Ryder Cup match, tied for victory on five-under-par 135 with American Skip Taylor, a 55-year-old North Carolina high school physical education teacher cum pro golfer,  in the Senior Golf Circuit's Arbroath Smokie 36-hole tournament over the Angus links today.

Taylor (65-70) missed a very short putt on the last green or else he would have been the outright winner. There was no provision for a play-off. Baker had rounds of 67 and 68.
They finished one shot ahead of Spain's Jose Romero who had a pair of 68s.
Baker, pictured, 49 in October, is too young for the European Senior Tour but the lower age qualification of 48 on the independent Senior Golf Circuit, organised by former Scottish amateur international David James from Dumfries, allows the 1987 European Tour Rookie of the Year  to cut his teeth in preparation for when he does step up to the 50 and over  grade.
"I liked the Arbroath course very much. It's a real classic links with some very challenging holes," said Baker before departing to Carnoustie to support stablemates Gary Wolstenholme, Paul Broadhurst and David Gilford in the Senior Open.
Englishman George Ryall shot the tourament low of six-under 64 in the second round, enabling him to tie for fourth place on 137, alongside Carnoustie's Fraser Mann and four others.
Former Manchester United and Wales international footballer Clayton Blackmore slumped to a second-round 78, eight more than in his first round.

Arbroath Links.
Par 140 (2x70)
135 P Baker (Eng) 67 68, S Taylor (USA) 65 70.
136 J Romero (Spa) 68 68
137 G Ryall (Eng) 73 64, C Grenier (Aut) 71 66, N Sweet (Eng) 68 69, D Edlund (Swe) 68 69, F Mann (Sco) 68 69, T Lawrence (Eng) 67 70.
138 M Hurtubise (Can) 71 67, M Mielke (USA) 69 69, C Bolling (USA) 69 69.
139 Y Nilsson (Swe) 69 70, C Hunsucker (USA) 68 71
140 P Woodward (Aust) 72 68, D Mast (Eng) 69 71.
141 J Hoskison (Eng) 70 71.
142 N Mitchell (Eng) 68 74.
143 S M Hill (Eng) 75 68, D Hospital (Spa) 73 70
144 S Craig (Sco) 72 72, M Booth (Eng) 72 72, J P Sallat (Fra) 69 75.
146 R Tihabanyane (SAfr) 72 74, M Field (Eng) 67 79.
148 J La Force (Can) 71 77, C Blackmore (Wal) 70 78.
149 D Narveson (USA) 72 77.
153 P A Brostedt (Swe) 76 77.



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