Thursday, November 13, 2008

Webster, Martin under pressure at Seniors
Tour Q School Stage 1

Edzell Golf Club professional Alastair Webster and Downfield's Steve Martin have some leeway to make up on Friday if they are to survive Stage 1 of the European Seniors Tour Qualifying School on the Algarve.
Webster, pictured right by Cal Carson Golf Agency, who will be 50 on March 19, had a disappointing round of seven-over-par 79 to be lying joint 40th in a field of 72 over the Pinheiros Altos course.
Martin, trying to get back on the over-50s circuit, is lightly better placed after a four-over 76 to be joint 29th at the halfway stage at the Quinta de Cima course.
Of the combined starting field of 141 at both venues, only the leading 55 will go forward at the end of 36 holes to the Final Q School, also on the Algarve, at Pestana, from November 17 to 20.
John Grant, playing out of the Ystad club, Sweden, was the best placed Scot with a 72 to be in joint fifth position, three shots off the pace, at Pinheiros Altos.
Also at this venue, Duncan Williamson (Kirkhill) had a 73 to be joint 10th, Blairgowrie amateur Eric Lindsay a creditable 74 to be tied 17th and Graeme Millar, a Swanston New amateur, had an 80.
The only other Scot in action apart from Martin at Quinta de Cima was Bill McColl (The London Club) who was in joint 13th place with a 73 as he tries to regan European Senior Tour status.

PINHEIROS ALTOS (Par 72, 6743yd)
Leading first round scores
69 Stephen East (Eng) (am).
70 Greg Towne (US).
71 Peter Dahlberg (Swe), Harry Ferguson (Can).
72 Richard Fish (Eng), Jose Luis Gallardo (Spa), John Grant (Sco), Graham Gunn (Can), John Mills (Eng) (am).
Other scores:
73 Duncan Williamson (Sco) (jt 10th).
74 Eric J Lindsay (Sco) (am) (jt 17th).
79 Alastair Webster (Sco) (jt 40th).
80 Graeme Millar (Sco) (am) (jt 44th).

QUINTA DE CIMA (Par 72, 6729yd)
69 Per-Arne Brostedt (Swe), Nigel Willett (Eng).
70 Glyn Krause (Eng), George Ryall (Eng), Mike Williams (Zim).
71 Jose Dias (Por), T R Jones (US), Brad Rollinson (US).
Other scores:
73 Bill McColl (Sco) (jt 13th).
76 Steve Martin (Sco) (jt 29th).



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