Sunday, November 30, 2008

Scots lose ground as rain
reduces Argentina
tournament to 54 holes

Peterhead's Philip McLean was the best placed Scot in joint 31st place in a field of over 100 after the rain-delayed second round of the Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup international men's amateur golf tournament was completed on Saturday at Los Lagartos Golf Club in Argentina.
No play was possible on Friday due to flooding of the course. The tournament has been cut from 72 holes to three rounds.
McLean. pictured right by Cal Carson Golf Agency, has had rounds of 76 and 73 for a seven-over-par tally of 149 over the par-71 course near Buenos Aires.
One under par 35 to the turn in his second round after a birdie at the short seventh, McLean bogeyed the 12th, 14th, 17th and 18th and had only one birdie to compensate on the inward half, at the 13th.
Scott Borrowman (Dollar) lost his top-five position by slumping from a 71 to a 79 for 150 and a share of 37th place.
Borrowman began with a double bogey 6 and also bogeyed the second, fourth, eighth and ninth in taking 42 shots (six over par) to the turn. After the turn, the former Scottish youth champion birdied the 15th but bogeyed the 14th, 16th and 17th.
Greg Paterson (St Andrews New) is sharing 48th place on 153 with scores of 74 and 79. Paterson did not have birdie in halves of 39 (three over par) and 40 (five over). His inward half included back-to-back double bogey 6s at the 13th and 14th.
Scottish boys' stroke-play champion Mark Bookless (Sandyhills), the fourth Scot sent by the Scottish Golf Union on a two-tournament trip to South America, withdrew before the first round.
Armando Zarlenga (Argentina) leads the field on three-under-par 139 (72-67) from England's Matthew Haines (70-71), the Lytham Trophy winner from Kent.
England's other representative, Luke Goddard from Middlesex, has scorted 74 and 73 for 147.
Scotland, with Paterson and Borrowman's scores counting, plummeted from joint third at the end of 18 holes to 13th of 14 in the international team event after two rounds with a total of 303 - 17 shots behind pacemakers Argentina, leaders by two from England.

Par 142 (2 x 71)
139 A Zarlenga (Arg) 72 67.
141 M Haines (Eng) 70 71.
142 J Fernandez (Arg) 71 71.
143 F Grillo 71 72 (Arg), B Smith (Aus) 74 69.
144 A Rodriguez (Arg) 77 67, T Cocha (Arg) 74 74, A Arizabaleta (Arg) 71 73, D Bertasio (Arg) 75 69, F De Vries (Hol) 72 72, S Prado (Arg) 73 71.
Selected scores:
146 M Arrayas (Spa) 72 74, C Hickman (US) 72 74.
147 L Goddard (Eng) 74 73, R Saxton (Hol) 73 74, J Sarasti (Spa) 72 75.
149 P McLean (Sco) 76 73, M Gauert (Ger) 76 73 (jt 31st).
150 S Borrowman (Sco) 71 79 (jt 37th).
151 A Knappe (Ger) 76 75.
153 N Quintarelli (Ita) 78 75, G Paterson (Sco) 74 79 (jt 48th).
155 H Satama (Fin) 74 81.
156 A McCabe (US) 77 79.
Team event
286 Argentina. 288 England. 289 Australia. 291 Holland, South Africa. 293 Spain. 297 Italy, 298 Colombia. 300 Germany. 301 Uruguay, Finland. 302 United States. 303 Scotland. 307 Peru.



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