Thursday, May 16, 2013


Sean Lawrie from Portlethen, near Aberdeen -  a student at Midland College, Texas - shot a second-round, three-under-par 69 to move up to a share of fifth place in a field of 124 players at the NJCAA Men's National Championship over The Rawls Course, Lubbock in Texas.

Paul Lawrie's nephew, pictured right, had seven birdies in all - at the fifth, eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th, 13th and 14th - and would just about have leapfrogged into the lead but for a double-bogey 5 at the short 12th. 
He also had two bogeys, at the first and sixth,  before he got up a full head of steam to improve on his first round by five strokes over a very long par-72 course, 7,349yd with four holes over 500yd, one of them in excess of 600yd.
Also in the field is Chris Low (McLennan College, Waco, Texas) from Edinburgh. A freshman student, Chris, pictured below, left, has had rounds of 74 and 73 for 147 and is in joint 24th place.

Alex Forristal (Johnson County College) (69-71) and Akzel Olsen (Wallace State College) (70-70) lead by two strokes.
Lawrie's performance is spearheading Midland College's bid for the national team time. They have three players in the top 10 at the moment and lead the team table with a total of 575, three shots ahead of second-placed McLennan in a field of 24 teams.

Meanwhile former North-east boys champion Daniel Thompsett (Rocky Mountain College) from Aboyne moved up from joint 43rd to joint 79th in a field of 154 players at the NAIA men's chamionship at Creekside Golf Club, Salem in Oregon.
Over a par-72 course of 6,887yd, Daniel, pictured left, improved on his first round by five shots with a 73 which included birdies at the eighth and 10th, with bogeys at the seventh, 14th and 18th.
Thompsett is currently 13 shots behind the leader Sondre Ronold (Oklahoma City) (69-69) who leads by one from Adam Loran (California State-San Marcos) (70-69).
Daniel is competing as an individual in the championship. The Rocky Mountain College team did not qualify to play in the event.   



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