Friday, June 01, 2012


Doug Cameron has never been in contention for the English Seniors Championship. But after a second round 72 at a wet and windy Aldeburgh he finds himself leading the field with a round left.
The English Seniors County Champion from Moor Park is not counting chickens, but he leads on 145 and another tidy round in predictably dry conditions tomorrow could see him lift the trophy.  He is a stroke ahead of John Baldwin, who returned 73 at Thorpeness and two clear of David Potter with 73 and first round leader Tyrone Carter with 75, also at Thorpeness.
“This is a great golf course but it is playing incredible difficult in this rain,” said Cameron. “I’m delighted with my score but I’m disappointed not to have converted the birdie chances I had.
“Fourteen pars and four bogeys doesn’t sound that good but putting wasn’t easy. But in these conditions it’s good enough but I’m in contention for the final day and that’s what you want.  I’ve always thrown in one bad round in the English so this is new territory for me. Am I a good front-runner? I’d like to think so but we shall see.”
Baldwin, an American out of Sunningdale, is a regular high finisher in seniors events, so his place on the leaderboard is no surprise. He card contained three birdies and three bogeys but the damage was done with a brace of double bogeys.
Potter, from Naunton Downs in Gloucestershire, was heading for a reward-free round of five bogeys at Thorpeness until he secured his lone birdie at the last for a 73.
Meanwhile, Carter, who went into the day sharing the lead, made the worst possible start with a double-bogey at the first and a bogey at the second. After turning in 37, the Stevenage man ran up four successive bogeys from the tenth but a birdie-four at the long 15th eased the pain.
Chris Reynolds, the 2009 champion from Kent, signed for a birdie-free 74 at Aldeburgh for 149. “I had a lot of opportunities but couldn’t get the line or pace on the greens,” he exclaimed.  “I didn’t achieve any birdies but I’m pleased with 74 as the greens were true but it was all down to me.”
Sharing fifth place with Reynolds is Stuart Pond, who went round Aldeburgh in 72 with a couple of birdies. The 61 year old from Worksop has enjoyed a string of second places in recent senior championships and hopes to cross the line this time.
“I’ve finished second three times this year in the French Seniors, the West of England Seniors and the South of Scotland so I’d like to think I’m due for a win,” he said.
“I’ve never finished better that around 15th or 20th in the English. I didn’t play well yesterday at Thorpeness. I scrambled to 77 so I was determined to play a lot better today which I did.”
Three times former champion David Lane, a month off his 71st birthday, went round Thorpeness in 75 for 151 alongside Stephen Whymark from nearby Woodbridge with 75 at Aldeburgh.  The former professional from Ipswich felt he could have done better but was pleased with his card overall.
“I had bogeys at the tenth and 11th when I only had a six iron to the green but found traps both times,” he said. He had five more bogeys and failed to find a birdie but is still in the hunt.  I’ve come close in the last two years and if I can shoot 72 tomorrow I’d be thrilled,” he added.
Of the other former champions in the field, Doug Arnold shot 78 at Aldeburgh to make the cut on 158 but Jon Marks missed out with 84 for 162 at Aldeburgh as did John Jermine on 165 after 82 at Thorpeness.
A total of 64 players on 158 and better will complete in tomorrow’s final round at Aldeburgh.
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