Wednesday, May 04, 2011


PGA EuroPro Tour Press Officer
James Busby has lost the lead on the second day of the first PGA EuroPro Tour event in the 2011 season – despite claiming an eagle.
Busby, who began day two with a two-shot lead in the European Championship at Wensum Valley , Norfolk , endured a mixed day.
He began on three-under 69 but dropped shots at both the first two holes and then again at the sixth, before he claimed a birdie at the seventh.
But the back nine was even more eventful as he bogeyed the 10th and hit a double bogey 6 at the par-four 12th.
However, he recovered well with an eagle at the par-five 14th but bogeyed 16 and 17, although his birdie on the last saw his round end on a high note.
But it amounted to a 76 for 145.
Glasgow’s Ed Wood, who only turned professional last month, enjoyed a fine day with a round of six-under-par 66  to move into a share of the lead on two-under 142 in the race for the £10,000 top prize. Ed is pictured in one of his trophy-winning days as an amateur
Wood, a member of the Crow Wood Golf Club, battled through the first round of Qualifying School at Slaley Hall, Northumberland and then the Q School final at Frilford Heath Oxfordshire to earn his spot on this year’s tour.
After scoring an opening day score of four-over 76, Wood bogeyed the first two holes of the second round and looked to be struggling to make the cut.
But he then found form with birdies at the fifth, seventh, eighth, 11th, 12th, 14th, 17th and 18th.
Also on 142 is England's Jamie Howarth with scores of 74 and 68.
Martin LeMesurier began the second day on one-under, the only player other than Busby to post a score under par on Tuesday.
But Southampton-based LeMesurier, a two-time winner on the Challenge Tour, bogeyed the second and fifth and double bogeyed the eighth.
But birdies at the 14th and 18th for a 74 left him level with Busby on one-over 145 and three shots behind Wood and Howarth.
English pair James Freeman and Jamie Abbot came in late in the day to share third place, one shot behind Wood and Howarth. Freeman had a second-round 70 for 143, Abbot a 69. 
Ireland’s Tim Rice is on one-over 145. He had a double bogey on the second on his way to a par-matching 72.
The top 50 players and ties advance to tomorrow's final round.
Swanston's cack-handed John Gallagher shot a 69 for 146 to be joint 10th.
Scots who did not make the cut on 151 or better were Scott Drummond (75-77 for 152), Steven Mackie (78-74 for 152), Chris Kelly (75-78 for 153), Scott Henry (75-78 for 153), Ian Redford (79-77 for 156), Martin Lawrence (78-79 for 157), Stephen Clark (82-76 for 158) and Carnoustie's Keir McNicoll (80-81 for 161).
Par 144 (2x72)
142 Ed Wood (Scotland) 76 66, Jamie Howarth (England) 74 69.
143 James Freeman (England) 73 70, Jamie Abbot (England) 74 69.
145 Tim Rice (Ireland) 73 72, Martin LeMesurier (England) 71 74, James Busby (England) 69 76, Jason Levermore (England) 73 72.
146 John Gallagher (Scotland) 77 69, Darry LLoyd (S Africa) 72 74, John Chamberlain (England) 72 74.

149 Duncan Stewart 74 75, Stephen Gray 75 74, Lee Harper 72 77, Shaun McAllister 77 72 (T20).
150 Ross Cameron 77 73, Paul Doherty 76 74 (T32).

MISSED THE CUT (151 or better qualified)
152 Scott Drummond 75 77, Steven Mackie 78 74.
153 Chris Kelly 75 78, Scott Henry 75 78.
156 Ian Redford 79 77.
157 Martin Lawrence 788 79.
158 Stephen Clark 82 76.
161 Keir McNicoll 80 8



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