Wednesday, August 06, 2014




Craig Matheson (Falkirk Tryst) and Clydeway Golf's Graham Fox are the only Scots in the top 20 after the second round of the Glenmuir PGA Professional championship over the Lansdowne course at Blairgowrie Golf Club.
Matheson has had rounds of 70-72 for two-under-par 142 and is sharing 15th place, seven shots behind the leader, Chris Ganes (Silvermere) (70-65 for 135).
Fox is joint 19th with 70-73 for 143.
The only other Scots to survive the cut on 148 were David Orr and Stewart Savage on 145, Albert Mackenzie and Chjris Robinson on 146 and Ian Campbell and Andrew Crerar on 147.

Lansdowne Course, Blairgowrie Golf Club
Par 144 (2x72)
135 C Gane (Silvermere) 70 65
136 P Hendriksen (Dinnaton) 68 68
137 D Corsby (Fleetwoo) 69 68, P Jones (Canford Magna) 69 68.
142 C Matheson 70 72 (T15)
143 G Fox 70 73 (T19)
145 D Orr 74 71, S Savage 74 71 (T34)
146 A Mackenzie 72 74, C Robinson 77 69 (T43)
147 I Campbell 71 76, A Crerar 73 74 (T49)
148 G Law 77 71, A Reid 77 71
149 C Callan 72 77, I Stoddart 74 75
151 R Leeds 70 75
152 F Mann 74 78, G Forrester 75 77
153 G Paxton 73 80
154 G McSporran 79 75, A Fullen 77 77, C Morris 77 77
155 K Campbell 77 78
156 S Catlin 76 80, A Mackrell 79 77, A J Webster 80 76
159 S McLaren 77 82



Experienced campaigner Chris Gane struck a magnificent seven-under-par to shoot himself to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship.
The two-time Challenge Tour winner admitted he rode his luck at Blairgowrie Golf Club as his 65 moved him to nine-under for the £78,000 tournament which is supported by Peugeot.
Gane (Lefthandedgolf at Silvermere), currently top of the South Order of Merit, made light work of the wet conditions to post what looked like a challenging target.
However, he only holds a one shot advantage over Dinnaton’s Paul Hendriksen, who fired a second successive four-under-par 68. Lurking just two shots further back at six-under, on a compressed leaderboard, is Fleetwood’s David Corsby, who also carded 68, and Canford Magna’s Paul Jones who had a 67.
But it was Gane, competing in the championship for the first time after more than decade plying his trade on the European or Challenge Tours, who caught the eye.
He conjured up six birdies, a fortunate eagle at the eighth - his chip hitting the flag and dropping in, and dropped just one shot, at the sixth, for a very satisfactory round.
“I’m chuffed to bits with that,” was his verdict. “There were a couple of bits of good fortune. I holed a chip for birdie on three and would’ve taken four all day long, so that was bonus. On eight I was just on the front edge and hit a ham-fisted chip which was running about 10 foot past but it hit the flag and went in for eagle. That kick started things.
“But I’ve been playing nicely of late, which has been great. You want the run to continue as long as possible as you’re aware it can end at any time. It’s a cliché, but you’ve got to ride the wave when you’re on it and I’m doing that at the minute.
“I think my experience on Tour will count for something as we don’t play many four round events in the PGA.
“But the best PGA players in the country are here and anything can happen over the next couple of days. I’ve been there before and done it but then a lot of the guys here have as well so you can’t take anything for granted over the next couple of days.”
Hendriksen is hot on his heels after easing to eight-under. The Devonian’s short game is keeping him firmly in the hunt given that his driving is both a physical and mental battle.
“I played pretty similar to yesterday,” he said,
“I’m putting nicely, just keeping it in play off the tee, and leaving myself short irons in, which is one of the strengths of my game. It’s working at the moment – it hasn’t done all year – but it’s coming to form now.
“I’m not swinging it great so it’s a bit of a mental test out there. I’m getting through it and I’m quite happy with where I am. If I find some form with my swing maybe I’ll be able to relax a little bit.”
Fellow West Country ace Jones came in late to throw his hat into the ring joining first-time qualifier Corsby in the top three.
Jones, whose 67 comprised six birdies and just one dropped shot, said: “I’ve been playing well for the past couple of months and got out there today and holed some nice putts which was great.
“I didn’t play it as solid on the back nine and missed a couple of shorts putts, including one on the last from six feet for a birdie, but I’m happy to be in a good position with two rounds to go.”
Corsby, who this time last year has just completed his PGA foundation degree, had a flawless 68 – all of the damage coming on the front nine, including a hat-trick of birdies from the sixth.
“I just played pretty solid as I did yesterday,” he said. “It’s a nice position to be in and hopefully just play the same tomorrow and see what happens.”
Former champion Sion Bebb (Morlais Castle) carded a 67 to move into striking distance, while David Smith (Swinton) also shot a 67 signalling his return after 18 months out of the game with a shoulder injury.
Defending champion Dan Greenwood (Forest Pines) carded a one-under 71, to be among a clutch of players on one-under. Paul Simpson, 2008 winner, also eased through at one-over for the tournament with the cut coming at three-over-par.
A total of 61 players made it through, but among the casualties were 2011 winner Craig Goodfellow (Penrith Golf Centre), 2013 PGA Cup player Jonathan Barnes (Oak Park) and 2013 PGA Cup vice-captain Jon Bevan (Rhos on Sea).

Par 144 (2x72)
135 Chris Gane (Silvermere) 70 65
136 Paul Hendriksen (Dinnaton) 68 68
137 David Corsby (Fleetwood)v 69 68, Paul Jones (Canford Magna) 70 67
138 Christopher McDonnell (Troon Golf Management) 69 69
140 Michael McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown) 69 71, Philip Waugh (Hexham) 70 70, David Smith (Swington) 73 67, Guiseppe Licata (Bristol Golf Centre) 68 72, Sion Bebb (M9orlais Castle) 73 67, Jason Levermore  (Channels) 71 69.



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