Friday, November 04, 2016

David Law top Scot at end of first day of Stage 2 

at the European Tour Q School in Spain

David Law earned top billing among the cast of 17 Scots in action at the four Spanish venues for Stage 2 of the European Tour Qualifying School today.

The Aberdonian, pictured, shot a first-round six-under-par 65 at Lumine, Tarragona to share the lead there with England's Charlie Bull.
Law had seven birdies in halves of 31 and 34 with only one bogey, at the 15th.
Also at Lumine, another Paul Lawrie Golf Centre attached player, Ross Kelley, tied for third place with a 66 with included six birdies and one bogey.
Daniel Young from Perth had a double bogey 6 at the ninth. That knocked him back into a tie for 56th place on one-over 72.
Portlethen's Sam Kiloh (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) and Cawder's Jamie Savage tied for 64th place on 73. Kiloh had four birdies but a double bogey 6 at the 12th, as did Savage.
Former Scottish amateur champion and Walker Cup player Grant Forrest (Craigielaw) had the biggest bag of birdies among the Tartan Army. Playing at Las Colinas, Alicante, he had eight gains in halves for 33-34 for a 67 and a share of eighth place behind the three joint leaders on six-under 65 at Las Colinas, Alicante.
Forrest would have at least shared the lead at this venue but for a double bogey 6 at the eighth and two bogeys.
Also at Las Colinas, Paul Ferrier had a bogey-free 68 for joint 14th place.
Blairgowrie's Bradley Neil had a 69 for a share of 69th place.
Peter Whiteford is tied 38th on 70 while Daniel Kay (Dunbar), who had a 7 at the long 15th returned a one-over 72 for a share of 53rd place.
Scott Drummond's dismal form continued with a 75 for joint 68th place in a field of 80.
Comrie's Wallace Booth birdied five of his first seven holes in racing to the turn in 31 shots at El Saler, Valencia but after further birdies at the 11th and 12th, he came off the boil with bogeys at the 17th and 18th for a four-under 67 and a share of seventh place behind the leader at this venue, Fabien Marty (France) with a 68.
Amateur Liam Johnston had a double bogey 7 at the 15th after being five under par for the first 12 holes. The Doonhamer finished the day with a two-under 70 and a share of 23rd place at El Saler where former Scottish amateur champion Chris Robb (Meldrum House) had contrasting halves of 33 out and 40 in compiling a 73 for joint 48th place.
Former British boys champion Ewen Ferguson from Bearsden had a double bogey 6 at the 13th in his 74 for joint 57th place.
Rookie pro Jack McDonald from Ayrshire had double bogey 6s at the second and sixth on his way to a 78 (40-38) for joint 78th position.
At Panoramica, Castellon, Chris Doak is sharing 13th place on 68 after a strong finish which saw him birdie the 11th, 16th and 18th in 33 home.
Andrew McArthur is tied for 44th place with a 71 after dropping shots at four holes between the 10th and 16th.
Paul Shields matched the par of 72 for a share of 57th place while Jack Doherty will be disappointing with a 73 for joint 61st place.
Little-known Scot Tom Higson had a 76 for a share of 76th position.


Second Stage
Four venues in Spain

Par 72
64 F Marty (Fra)
65 C Carstensen (Ger)

67 W Booth (T7)
70 L Johnston (am) (T23)
73 C Robb (T48)
74 E Ferguson (T57)
78 J McDonald (T78)

Par 71
65 D Law (Sco), C Bull (Eng)

66 R Kellett (T3)
72 D Young (T56)
73 S Kiloh, J Savage (T64)

Par 71
65 R Askstrand (Swe), N Johansson (Swe), P Pittayarat (Thai)

68 P Ferrier (T14).
69 B Neil (T24)
70 P Whiteford (T38)
72 D Kay (T53)
75 S Drummond (T68)

Par 72
63 V Riu (Fra)
64 B Etchart (Spa), C Ford (Eng), R Van der Spuy (SAf).

68 C Doak (T13).
71 A McArthur (T44).
72 P Shields (T57)
73 J Doherty (T61)
76 T Higson (T70).



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