Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Gunn's nightmare finish in Arizona;

Knox is doing nicely in Florida

Highlanders Jimmy Gunn from Dornoch and Russell Knox from Inverness - both based in the United States - have had contrasting fortunes on their respective satellite tours this week.
Gunn had one of the worst finishes this talented player has ever experienced in the Gateway Tour Desert Spring Qualifier at Vista Verde GC, Arizona.
Jimmy took 77 shots to get round despite having six birdies - at the second, fourth, eighth, ninth, 10th and 18th.
Between the 13th and 17th holes he dropped eight shots to par with a triple bogey 7 at the 13th, a bogey at the 15th, and double bogey 6s at the 16th and 17th. Earlier he had bogeyed the first hole and had a double bogey 6 at the third.
He is 12 shots behind the pacemaker, American Matt Miller.
Entry fee for this event is $400.
Meanwhile, Russell Knox has had only one bogey in 36 holes but that's still only good enough to be in joint 12th position, four shots off the pace, in the NGA Hooters Tour Winter Series event at Providence Golf Club, Davenport, Florida.
Knox had a bogey-free first round of five-under 67 with birdies at the first, fifth, eighth, 15th and 17th.
His first and only bogey so far came at the third hole of his second-round 69. He followed up that bogey with birdies at the fifth and ninth and an eagle 3 at the 15th.
So Knox is on 136, compared with 12-under-par 132 by leader James Vargas from Miami. Vargas has had rounds of 67 and 65 over the par-72 course which measures just under 7,000yd.
Five players are tied for second place on 134.
Former European Tour player Paul Curry, who was a winner on the Hooters Tour just a couple of weeks ago, missed the cut in this one with scores of 78 and 72 for 150. From the starting field of 119, only those with 36-hole tallies of 141 or better advanced.

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