Friday, May 06, 2011


Alva’s Lawrence Allan, pictured, today maintained the form that saw him finish as the leading Scot in the Fairhaven Trophies event at the weekend to lead the international field at the Golf Data Lab Scottish Youths Championship after the first day’s play at Paisley Golf Club.
Allan’s excellent 67 was enough to open up a two-shot lead on the rest of the field of Under-21s in today’s testing conditions.
The Clackmannanshire youngster was in top form from the outset and moved to two-under to the turn with birdies at the third and sixth. Three further birdies followed in the back-nine with a bogey at the par three 15th the only blemish in an outstanding opening round. Allan commented after his fine round:
“I drove the ball really well today and that was the key to getting it round so well, I didn’t hole too many putts so to score so well despite that is really pleasing”.
Coming into the event on the back of a tied 12th finish at last week’s Fairhaven Trophy, Allan, a member of the Scottish Golf Academy is looking forward to more of the same tomorrow,
“I’ve just got to go out tomorrow and keep doing what I’m doing, if I do that I will hopefully go into Sunday with a really good chance.”
Simon Fairburn, Belgium's Gary Daoust and Liam Johnston (Dumfries and County) are hot on Allan's heels at two under-par after day one.
Looking to go one better than last year's runners-up finish, Torwoodlee’s Fairburn overcame wet weather conditions to return a two under-par 69 for his morning round. Despite the skies clearing in the afternoon, Belgian Daoust's 69, to join the Scot in a tie for second place was equally as impressive with gusty winds replacing the morning rainfall.
Liam Johnston, runner-up in last month’s Scottish Boys joined Daoust and Fairburn on two-under par, firing five birdies en-route.
Former Scottish boys' stroke-play champion Jack McDonald is one of five players a further shot back at one under-par after he birdied two of his final three holes to finish three shots back.
Dumfries and County's Greig Marchbank was in very steady form, carding fifteen pars, two birdies and just a solitary bogey to join McDonald in fifth-place alongside Milnathort's Thomas White, Ranfurly Castle's Sam Binning and McDonald's Adam Dunton.
Finland's Linus Vaisanen enjoyed a solid start to the championship with a one-over par 72, the 2010 Scottish boys' stroke-play champion once again looking like he could be challenging at the top of the leaderboard come Sunday afternoon.
One group behind the Finn was the man he pipped to the Under-18s' stroke-play title last year, Pollok's Conor O'Neil. The 2010 SGU Junior Order of Merit champion, playing his first event on home soil since returning from Michigan State University for the summer, had to settle for a five over-par 76 but will remain one to watch tomorrow.
Scotland Men's Elite Squad member Scott Gibson (Southerness) is well placed after carding a level-par 71. But it was a disappointing start for recently crowned Scottish boys' champion, David Wilson. The Troon Wellbeck youngster suffered a frustrating day, carding a nine over-par 80. Another past Scottish boys' champion Grant Forrest (Craigielaw) overcame a double-bogey and a triple-bogey to recover for a 74, seven shots off the pace.
The leading forty players after Saturday's second round will progress to Sunday's 36-hole finale amidst the spectacular setting high in the Gleniffer Braes, overlooking Glasgow International Airport, but it's Lawrence Allan flying highest after day one.
Par 71
67 Lawrence Allan (Alva).
69 Liam Johnston (Dumfries and Co), Simon Fairburn (Torwoodlee), Gary Daoust (Belgium).
70 Adam Dunton (McDonald Ellon), Thomas White (Milnathort), Jack McDonald (Kilmarncok Barassie), Greig Marchbank (Dumfries and Co), Sam Binning (Ranfurly Castle).




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