Friday, September 02, 2011

DAVID LAW SHOOTS A 62 TO GO THREE CLEAR IN NORTHERN OPEN

By COLIN FARQUHARSON

Scottish amateur champion twice in three years, David Law is on the brink of a major victory after being snubbed by the RandA selectors of the GB and I team for the Walker Cup match at Royal Aberdeen in eight days' time.
The 20-year-old Aberdonian, a member at the municipal Hazlehead Golf Club, shot a magnificent third-round 62 - eight under par - for a tally of 12-under 198 to lead the Aberdeen Asset Management Northern Open championship by three shots with 18 holes to play this afternoon at Meldrum House Hotel golf course, Oldmeldrum in Aberdeenshire.
His score was three shots lower than anyone else has managed in the tournament so far but it cannot be recognised as a record because preferred lies are in operation.
Law won the Scottish boys match-play championship over the Walker Cup course - Balgownie links - in the spring of 2009 and several months later won the Scottish men's amateur championship at Royal Troon ... the first man to complete such a title double.
This summer Law won the Scottish amateur title again in Ayrshire, at Western Gailes. He was named first reserve to the G B and I team of 10 to play the Americans despite a much loftier World Ranking than Irishman Alan Dunbar who was chosen.
Law, who finished joint fifth in the Aberdeen Asset Management Northern Open last year, is in line to be the first amateur to win the Northern Open since Sandy Pirie, another Hazlehead GC player, did so in 1970 at Cruden Bay. Pirie did gain the Walker Cup that has eluded Law in his stellar amateur career. Sandy played in the 1967 match.
Law will soon turn pro and he will be playing in next week's European Tour event, the KLM Open, on an invitation secured by his mentor, 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie as a member of the Paul Lawrie Foundation team.
In joint second place at Meldrum House are a former Walker Cup player, David Patrick, the pro at Elie Sports Club, and Hayston's Stephen Gray, one of the most successful Tartan Tour pros over the past season or two.
Both Patrick and Gray shot third-round 67s - Patrick's third in a row - for 201.
in joint fourth place on 202 are joint overnight leaders, Welshman Gareth Wright, a pro attached to West Linton where his father is the club pro, and Stirling University student Graeme Robertson (Graeme Robertson), and also Dunbar's Neil Fenwick.
Wright and Robertson both shot 69s and Fenwick a 68.

THIRD-ROUND LEADERBOARD
Par 210 (3x70)
198 David Law (Hazlehead) (amateur) 67 69 62.
201 David Patrick (Elie Sport Clubs) 67 67 67, Stephen Gray (Hayston) 69 65 67.
202 Neil Fenwick (Dunbar) 67 67 69, Gareth Wright (West Linton) 65 68 69, Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie) 66 67 69.

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