Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Knox needs to pull his socks up

to beat the cut in Florida

Inverness exile Russell Knox was in danger of one of his rare "missed cut" appearances on the NGA Hooters Tour after a first-round, three-over-par 75 in the Winter Series event at Deer Island Country Club, Tavares in Florida.
Knox had a double bogey 6 on his card and not enough birdies to compensate as he went into the second round, knowing he needed to beat par to have the remotest chance of surviving in a highly competitive field of 129.
English-born Paul Curry, a winner on the Hooters Tour this year, was in even bigger trouble than the Scot who has lived at Jacksonville Beach, Florida since his four years at Jacksonville University.
Curry could do no better than a first-round 77.
The early leader after 36 holes was Joshua Wooding from California with 70 and 68 for 138.
Patrick Nagle from Indiana was onf 140 with scores of 69 and 71.

Elsewhere on the mini-tour scene in the United States:


Former Royal Dornoch amateur Jimmy Gunn survived the 36-hole cut in the Gateway Tour's Desert Series event at Trilogy Golf Club, Arizona with scores of 71 and 70 for a three-under-par tally of 141. Players had to total 144 or better to make the last round.
Gunn, playing in temperatures in the mid-70s, birdied the first, 13th and 15th before dropping his only shot of the day at the 16th. He is 11 shots behind the new leader, American Ben Kern, with a pair of 65s for 130. Demoted from the pole position, Kevin Stadler is in second place on 133 with scores of 63 and 70.




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