Thursday, November 12, 2009

Former Northern Open champion seeking place on over-50s circuit

Peter Smith back in limelight at Senior Tour Qualifying School

Former Northern Open winner Peter Smith from Aberdeen - or Udny Station to be more precise - was the best placed Scot at the end of the first round of the European Senior Tour Qualifying School Stage 1 event, being contested by 150 hopefuls at the Pestana Golf Resort's Silves and Gramacho courses on Portugal's Algarve. Smith, who has had spells in New Zealand, where he was national club pro champion, and the Netherlands, shot a two-under-par 70 to be joint fifth at the Gramacho venue where Dundee's Steve Martin, bidding to regain playing rights on the over-50s' pro circuit, and Anglo-Scot Bill McColl both had 72s.
Tartan Tour player Fraser Mann (Royal Musselburgh), who won the Northern Open in 2002 - 10 years after Peter Smith - had a two-over-par 72 to be joint 21st at Silves.
Twenty-seven players from each course at the end of 36 holes will qualify for the 72-hole Final Stage at Pestana's Vale da Pinta course from November 16 to 19 when they will be joined by 18 exempt players.
Lowest score today was a seven-under-par 63 by American Jeb Stuart at Silves.



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