Thursday, June 17, 2010


   Craig Lee gives it all his got at Bovey Castle. Image by courtesy of Lewis Lustig.

Craig Lee (out in 28) has picked up the scent of a £10,000 jackpot

Money motivates Craig Lee and the play-anywhere Stirling-born tour pro has the scent of a £10,000 jackpot prize in his nostrils after making the long, long  drive from Scotland down to Devon.
Now attached to the Aspire Golf Centre, near Aberdeen on the South Deeside Road, looked European Tour class today as he covered the front nine holes at Bovey Castle in a sensational seven-under-par 28 on his way to sharing the halfway lead in the PGA EuroPro Tour’s Dunlop Masters tournament.
Lee birdied the first, second, third, fourth, seventh, eighth and ninth and then cooled off with six pars in a row before dropping his first and only shot at the 16th. But he notched birdied No 10 at the long 18th for a round of seven-under-par 63.
How Lee must be rueing that double bogey 6 with which he started the tournament on Wednesday! He has a 36-hole total of nine-under-par 131 – but only a share of the lead with Sean Doherty from Bury. The Englishman had a flawless 64 to follow his opening 67.
Steven Mackie from Dunnikier Park added a par 70 for 141, which gave him a share of 23rd place.
Other Scots who survived the cut were cack-handed John Gallagher (Swanston) with a pair of 72s for 144, one stroke ahead of Barry Hume (71) and Paul Doherty who improved by nine shots with a 68 to make it through on the limit mark of 145.
Scott Henry (The Carrick on Loch Lomond) was on the borderline for beating the cut until he removed any anxiety with birdies ath the 16th and 17th and returned a 69 for 143 - two shots to spare. Not a bad comeback for the former Scottish boys' kingpin and men's stroke-play champion of yesteryear, considering he had double bogeys at the eighth and the short 11th.
Henry's eventual bag of six birdies cancelled out the mistakes. Now if he could only get rid of the mistakes, he would improve his scores by a lot of shots!
Non-qualifiers included Drumepellier’s Graham Rankin (71-146), Archerfield Links’ Lee Harper (76-148), Carnoustie’s Keir McNicoll (73-148), Craigielaw’s Shaun McAllister (78-150) and Alyth’s Kevin McAlpine (73-152).

Par 140 (2x70)
131 Craig Lee (Sco) 68 63, Sean Doherty (Eng) 67 64.
132 Nick McCarthy (Eng) 66 66.
133 Steve Uzelli (Eng) 68 655.
135 James Busby (Eng) 66 69.
Selected Scottish scores:
141 Steven Mackie 71 70 (jt 22nd).
143 Scott Henry 74 69 (jt 35th).
144 John Gallagher 72 72 (jt 42nd).
145 Barry Hume 74 71, Paul Doherty 77 68 (jt 48th).
146 Graham Rankin 75 71.
148 Lee Harper 72 76, Keir McNicoll 75 73.
150 Shaun McAllister 72 78.
152 Kevin McAlpine 79-73.



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