Thursday, October 05, 2017

MacIntyre tees off pro career with a 78 in Jordan

Oban left-hander Robert MacIntyre had a five-over-par 78 on his professional debut in the MENA Tour's 54-hole Ayla Championship at Ayla Golf Club, Aqaba in Jordan today.
The former Walker Cup player and past Scottish amateur champion had two double bogey 7s and only one birdie in halves of 39 and 38 in windy conditions.
Ranked No 14 among the world's amateurs last week, MacIntyre is joint 25th in a field of 58 behind joint leaders Luke Joy and amateur Todd Clement, both Englishmen, who both shot four-under-par 69s.
Zane Scotland, a 10-time winner on the tour, carded a solid a 70 that left him alone on third, one shot clear of Lee Corfield as MENA Tour patron Darren Clarke settled for tied 15th after returning a three-over 76.

“It’s quite windy out there and it’s difficult (to score). You have to keep your emotions in check. Controlling the flight of the ball is quite important here,” said Clements, who is now 29 under for the last 10 rounds he has played on the MENA Tour.

“I got off to a nice start and managed to keep the momentum going. I am enjoying my golf and very happy with my efforts. We still have two more rounds to go and we will see how things pan out,” said Clements, the winner of the 2017 English Amateur Championship at The Berkshire in August.

A two-time winner on the tour, Joy was equally pleased with his day’s work. “Holed some nice putts and also left a few, but overall, it was a pretty good round. The course is just awesome and the wind makes it even more challenging,” said Joy who is attached to Yas Links, Abu Dhabi.

“The greens are quite tricky and you are going to miss some, but you have to stay patient. You also need a bit of luck if you aim to score well here,” said Joy, who holed a 54-degree wedge from 97 yards for an eagle two after his tee shot drifted into the rough.
par 73

1Luke Joy-4F69--69
1Todd Clements [Am]-4F69--69
3Zane Scotland-3F70--70
4Lee Corfield-2F71--71
5Lindsay RenoldsLF73--73
5Louis CampbellLF73--73
5Fredrik FromLF73--73
5Henric SturehedLF73--73
9Rocco Sanjust1F74--74
9Jesper Alm1F74--74
9Jamie Elson1F74--74
9Matt Killen1074---
13Joe Heraty2F75--75
13Fredrik Lindblom2F75--75
15Michael Harradine [Am]3F76--76
15Tom Boys3F76--76
15Arkesh Bhatia [Am]3F76--76
15Darren Clarke3F76--76
15Kevin Esteve3F76--76
15Paul Dwyer3F76--76
21Wayne Stroebel4F77--77
21Othman Almulla [Am]4F77--77
21Andrew Burmester4F77--77
21Leon Acikalin [Am]4F77--77
25Petr Dedek5F78--78
25Peter Stojanovski5F78--78
25Daniel Scourfield5F78--78
25Eddy Holland5F78--78
25Sam Hobday [Am]5F78--78
25Elliot Bradley5F78--78
25Leo Lilja5F78--78
25Shergo Al Kurdi [Am]5F78--78
25Taylor Carter [Am]5F78--78
25Joshua Grenville-Wood5F78--78
25Robert MacIntyre5F78--78
36Jake Shepherd6F79--79
36Elliott Oxlade6F79--79
36Salvador Paya Vila6F79--79
36Dylan Docherty6F79--79
36Matt Carroll6F79--79
41Jonathan Fransson7F80--80
41James Ashman7F80--80
41Jordan Garnish7F80--80
41Ahmed Skaik [Am]7F80--80
45Mark Chamberlain8F81--81
45Ahmed Almusharrekh8F81--81
45Aaron Leitmannstetter8F81--81
45Benjamin David8F81--81
45Philip Geerts8F81--81
50Lakshya Mudgil9F82--82
Provisional Cut Line
51Khalid Yousuf [Am]10F83--83
51Azaan Al Rumhy [Am]10F83--83
53Rachid Akl [Am]11F84--84
53Amer Radee [Am]11084---
55Edward Kent13F86--86
55Aryavir Kumar13F86--86
57Phumlani Maluka [Am] 14F87--87
58Tareq Alghababasheh [Am]24F97--97



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