Friday, May 28, 2010

England's Chris Lloyd setting the pace with a five-under-par 66

As the Crowe flies, Anglo Ross is leading Scot at Gailes

with additional words by Colin Farquharson
A member of the Westerhope club near Newcastle, Ross Crowe is the leading Scot at the end of the opening day of the Scottish men's amateur stroke-play championship at Glasgow Golf Club's Gailes links in Ayrshire.
Crowe, who is in the R&A World Amateur Rankings, had a two-under-par 69 to be in joint fifth place behind the young English leader, Chris Lloyd (Kendleshire).
There are four Scots among those on the 70 mark, including Murcar Links' Bryan Innes who produced a storming birdie blitz.
The 40-year-old former international from Murcar Links, pictured by Cal Carson Golf Agency, a beaten semi-finalist in last summer's Scottish amateur championship at Royal Troon, fresh from playing a key role in the North-east’s victory in the Moneygate Scottish Area Team Championship, was three-over at the turn before collecting five birdies on the home way home to end the day on one-under par 70, four behind leader Lloyd
Other Scots on the 70 mark going into Saturday's second round are Philip McLean (Peterhead), a winner of the Edward Trophy over the same course in late April, Mark Bookless (Sandyhills) and Andrew Wallace (Glenbervie). 
Bristol’s Chris Lloyd, a former county junior foursomes partner of European Tour star Chris Wood, had seized the early clubhouse lead.
The 18-year-old fired six birdies in a superb opening round of 66 to finish five-under on his first competitive outing in Scotland. His only blemish was a three-putt bogey at the tenth, but consecutive birdies at the seventh, eighth and ninth followed up with back nine birdies at the 13th, 14th and 16th gave him a one-shot morning lead from fellow Englishman Billy Hemstock.
Lloyd, whose best finish this season was sixth place at the Lytham Trophy, said:
“My form coming into this week hasn’t been great, but I found some good temp on the range this morning and kicked on from there. I managed to keep the ball straight off the tee, find the middle of the greens and putted really well.”
“I’ve got my final school exams coming over the next few weeks but the books have been left at home to concentrate on the golf! I’m playing the St Andrews Links Trophy next week but will have to miss the Amateur Championship as my exams clash with that.”
French champion Romain Wattel, who beat Ross Kellett (Colville Park) in the final of the Argentina championship towards the end of last year before he won the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl in Florida over the Festive period,  led the overseas challenge with a fine three-under par 68, having got off to flyer with birdies on the opening two holes. He picked up further shots on the 4th, 9th and 10th and despite notching seven birdies in total, was left slightly disappointed with his round:
“I had a chance of a really good score this morning but missed a few opportunities and four bogeys was disappointing. Conditions were perfect this morning and I was hoping to make more of my round when the wind was down.”
The Frenchman, who hails from the same home club as Gregory Havret, said he took inspiration from the success of his countryman on Scottish soil:
“I watched Gregory win at Loch Lomond a couple of years ago so it would be nice for me to win here too. He beat Phil Mickelson who is a hero of mine, but I was delighted for him as it was a great boost for French golf.”
Peterhead’s Philip McLean sits four shots back after a one-under par round of 70, despite his “only bad swing of the day” costing him a double-bogey six at the tenth hole, while Pollok 19-year-old James Hendrick was level par after his opening round 71.
Par 71
1 LLOYD, Chris (Kendleshire) 66
2 HEMSTOCK, Billy (Teignmouth) 67 
T3 ZUNIC, Jordan (Australia) 68
T3 WATTEL, Romain (France) 68 
T5 JEONG, Jin (Korea) 69
T5 SMITH, Richard (Notts) 69 
T5 CROWE, Ross (Westerhope) 69 
T8 INNES, Bryan (Murcar Links) 70 
T8 BOOKLESS, Mark (Sandyhills) 70 
T8 WINSTANLEY, Ian (Formby) 70 
T8 WALLACE, Andrew (Glenbervie) 70 
T8 WRIGHT, Darren (Rowlands Castle) 70 
T8 McLEAN, Philip (Peterhead) 70 
T14 HARKINS, Chris Ayr Belleisle 71 
T14 SOUTAR, Brian Leven GS 71 
T14 KELLETT, Ross Colville Park 71 
T14 ROBERTSON, Graeme Glenbervie 71 
T14 BINNING, Sam Ranfurly Castle 71 
T14 HENDRICK, James Pollok 71 
T14 HAMILTON, Craig Ballochmyle 71 
T14 SENIOR, Jack Heysham 71
T14 MCELROY, Dermot Ballymena 71 
T14 SHIELDS, Paul Kirkhill 71
T14 NIXON, Matthew Ashton-Under-Lyne 71 
T14 COWAN, Rob Canada 71
T14 LATIMER, Peter St Andrews New 71
T14 DUNTON, Adam McDonald 71
T28 LARKIN, Scott Royal Aberdeen 72 
T28 BOLTON, Sandy Goring and Streatley 72 
T28 HILLSON, Mark Craigielaw 72 
T28 DORAN, Connor Banbridge 72
T28 CUTLER, Paul Portstewart 72 
T28 PALMER, Andrew Chorley 72 
T28 CAMPBELL, Ben New Zealand 72 
T28 BREMNER, William Edzell 72 
T28 SOUTHGATE, Matthew Thorpe Hall 72 
T28 DOCHERTY, Richard Bearsden 72 
T28 McPHEE, Paul King James VI 72 
T28 ALEXANDER, Paul Caldwell 72 
T28 GIBSON, Scott Southerness 72 
T41 BETTY, Paul Hayston 73
T41 CLARK, Matthew Kilmacolm 73
T41 PERRY, Mathew New Zealand 73 
T41 KING, Jonathan Glasgow 73
T41 CAMBIS, Guillaume France 73 
T41 REDFORD, Ian St Andrews New 73 
T41 WHITE, James Lundin 73
T41 MCDONALD, Jack Kilmarnock (Barassie) 73 
T41 MCKENNA, Fraser Balmore 73
T41 NICOL, Kris Fraserburgh 73
T41 ROBINSON, James Southport and Ainsdale 73 
T41 RENNIE, Steven Drumpellier 73 
T53 LEONARD, Rory Banbridge 74 
T53 HODGSON, Stiggy Sunningdale 74 
T53 WOOD, Ed Crow Wood 74
T53 FARR, Oliver Ludlow 74
T53 LEWIS, Tom Welwyn Garden City 74
T53 ROBERTSON, George Irvine Ravenspark 74 
T53 GRANT, Nick Knock 74
T53 BAIRD, Colin Bothwell Castle 74 
T53 YATES, Gordon Hilton Park 74 
T53 THOMSON, Colin East Refrewshire 74
T63 STEVENSON, Gordon Whitecraigs 75 
T63 STEWART, Michael Troon Welbeck 75 
T63 MARTIN, James Spain 75
T63 FINLAY, George Ballumbie Castle 75
T63 ROSS, James Royal Burgess 75 
T63 FINDLAY, Jordan Fraserburgh 75 
T63 SIMPSON, David Crieff 75
T63 CUNNINGHAM, Myles Craigielaw 75 
T63 HOWARD, Paul (Southport and Ainsdale 75 
T63 BROWN, Steven Wentworth 75
T63 MCEWAN, Steven Caprington 75 
T63 WATSON, Craig East Renfrewshire 75 
T63 SPEIRS, Stephen Koovonga 75 
T63 BELL, Ross Downfield 75
T63 BOAS, Jonathan South Africa 75 
T63 MOULTRIE, Paul Royal Troon 75 
T63 CONNOR, Sam Sandiway 75
T63 CAMPBELL, Glenn Blairgowrie 75
T63 CAMPBELL, Michael Renfrew 75
T82 HARPER, Kristofer Carnoustie 76 
T82 CHRISTIE, Alex Tyrrells Wood 76 
T82 PATERSON, Greg St Andrews New 76 
T82 SOMMERVILLE, Daniel St Andrews 76 
T82 YOUNG, Daniel Craigie Hill 76
T82 SWEENEY, Aaron Carnoustie 76
T82 LENNOX, Luke Moyola Park 76 
T82 STUART, Sam St Anne's Old Links 76 
T82 GOUVEIA, Ricardo Portugal 76
T82 SHEVILL, Daniel Prudhoe 76
T82 FOTHERINGHAM, Bryan Inverness 76 
T82 SHEMAN, David Canada 76
T82 HULSTON, Darren Dollar 76 
T82 CLARK, Ronnie Erskine 76 
T96 CRICHTON, Scott Aberdour 77 
T96 STUART, Thomas St Anne's Old Links 77 
T96 WILSON, James Formby 77
T96 BORROWMAN, Scott Dollar 77 
T96 WHITELAW, James Mouse Valley 77
T96 HOGAN, Andrew Ireland 77
T96 WYBAR, John Aldeburgh 77 
T96 NICOLSON, Greg Mortonhall 77
T96 FOTHERINGHAM, Fraser Nairn 77 
T96 SLOAN, Ben Cathkin Braes 77
T96 SPENCE, Stephen Irvine 77 
T107 PINTOR SMITH, Fran Spain 78
T107 HENDERSON, Neil Glen 78 
T107 O'NEIL, Conor Pollok 78 
T107 BOOTH, David Rotherham 78
T107 CULVERWELL, Alexander Dunbar 78 
T107 MCGARVEY, Sean Glencorse 78 
T107 EVANS, Josh Mere 78
T107 GRUNWELL, Michael Powfoot 78 
T115 SELFRIDGE, Chris Moyola Park 79 F +8
T115 RIDDICK, Clark Southerness 79 F +8
T115 CARNIE, Grant Newburgh on Ythan 79 F +8
T115 HEUCHAN, Colin Southerness 79 F +8
T115 WHITSON, Reeve Mourne 79 F +8
T115 MCGRENAGHAN, Scott Cochrane Castle 79 F +8
T115 SMYTH, Michael Royal Troon 79 F +8
T122 DUNNE, Paul Greystones 80 F +9
T122 TAYLOR, Kristian Formby 80 F +9
T122 DAILY, Michael Erskine 80 F +9
T122 WATT, Jonathan Brokenhurst Manor 80 F +9
T126 SPRAGGS, Patrick Stowmarket 81 F +10
T126 GAULT, Paul Westerwood 81 
T126 SHEPHERD, Jake Wisley 81 
T126 SCHULTE, Frederik Germany 81 
T126 CAMPBELL, Andrew Dumbarton 81
T126 MACKAY, Jamie Kilmarnock (Barassie) 81 
T126 JABBLE, Gee Buckinghamshire 81 
T126 COSSINS, Charlie Bath 81 
T126 TELFORD, Wayne Rathmore 81 
T126 HAMILTON, Keith Ayr Belleisle 81
T126 RUSHFORD, Bobby Grangemouth 81
T126 WEIR, Andrew Montrose Mercantile 81
T138 GORRIE, Graeme Glasgow 82
T138 BLENNERHASSETT, Tom Marriott Dalmahoy 82 
T138 JOHNSTON, Liam Dumfries and Co 82 
141 ROBB, Chris Inchmarlo 83
142 MACKIE, Rae South Africa 85 
143 BRAIN, Jonathan United States 86 
DQ RAVEN, Mark Royal Automobile DQ




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