Tuesday, September 16, 2014



Aberdonian Greg McBain, bidding to become the first man to win the Paul Lawrie Invitational twice, made a superb start to this week's £40,000 54-hole event at Deeside Golf Club.
Early in the day, McBain, who plays out of the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre, demonstrated the low-scoring possibilities on soft, holding greens with a six-under-par score of 64, which included eight birdies and bogeys only at the first and 18th.
"I played Deeside quite often in my junior golf days and I've always like the course," said 30-year-old former Newmachar GC member McBain.
"I've certainly got fond memories of this tournament, having won it in 2012. I'm delighted with the way I played today."
McBain birdied the long third and sixth and then chipped in for another birdied at the seventh before getting a 2 at the short eighth.
The flow of birdies continued on a misty but windless morning with gains at the 11th, short 12th, 15th and also at the 17th where he got up and down from a bunker for this eighth and last birdie.
McBain posted his score at lunchtime and five hours later, at the end of play for the day, he was still on his own in the pole position.
Englishman Jonathan Lomas, the former European Tour Rookie of the Year who is now attached to the Ayr Caprington Club, got the closest with a late in the day 66, which included an eagle at the third and birdies at the ninth, short 14th and 18th.
Lomas recently won a Tartan Tour pro-am for the first time.
Gavin Hay, 23-year-old Scottish Young Professional of the Year from the Nairn Dunbar GC pro staff, fills third place overnight with a 67.
despite losing a ball at the eighth in the light rough.
"Quite bizarre, really," said Gavin. "I thought I would walk straight to it. Never crossed my mind, we would not find it. But we didn't."
So that misfortune cost him a double bogey 6 but he wiped that out with birdies at the third, fourth, ninth, 11th, 13th, 15th and 17th - seven in all.
His single bogeys came at the second and 16th. 
Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf) had the best outwad half of 31 with birdies at the firfst, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth after opening with a bogey at the short first hole.
But Fox's flame died down after the turn. He ran up a double bogey 6 at the 11th and also dropped shots at the 15th and 18th for a par-matching 70.
Scottish PGA champion Gareth Wright had an uncharacteristic round of five-over 75 which means he must tighten up if he is to avoid the cut to the leading 30 and ties after the second round.
The West Linton-based Welshman had only one birdie, at the third, and he double bogeyed the short 14th as well as shedding shots at the first, second, 10th and 16th.
In all, 14 players had scores of one-under-par 69 or less. Five of them are on 68 and six on 69 so, as David Huish used to say: "This tournament is not over yet."
For those not in the leading 30 and ties at the end of the second round it will be. That's the cut mark to play Thursday's third and final round.

Deeside Golf Club, Aberdeen.
Par 70
64 G McBain (Paul Lawrie GC)
66 J Lomas (Caprington).
67 G Hay (Nairn Dunbar)
68 C Robinson (Portpatrick Dunskey), C Kelly (unatt), D Flannery (Caldwell), P Wardell (Whitekirk), R Arnott (Bishopbriggs).
69 P O'Hara (Clydeway Golf), C Lawrie (Paul Lawrie GC), K Ferrie (unatt), J Findlay (Paul Lawrie GC), K McNicoll (Gullane), J McGhee (Bishopbriggs).
70 G Paterson (St Andrews GA), G Fox (Clydeway Golf), N Fenwick (Dunbar), S Henderson (Kings Links), C Currie (Caldwell), P Robinson (Largs), J McKinnon (Irvine), M Patterson (Kilmacolm), L Gaughan (Balmore)
71 G Paxton (Ralston), R Cameron (Saltire Energy), L Vannet (Craibstone), C Ronald (Carluke), C Gordon (Edinburgh GC), J McCreadie (Buchanan Castle), J Gallagher (Douglas Park), P Shields (Kirkhill), M Kerr (Marriott Dalmahoy), C Marr (Musselburgh), S Gray (Hayston), R Neill (Drumpellier).
72 T Mathieson (Murcar Links), N Cameron (Blairgowrie), S Catlin (Greenburn).
73 M Isaacs (Newmachar), S Taylor (Bothwell Castle), G Brown (Montrose Links).
74 K Nicol (Paul Lawrie GC), C Matheson (Falkirk Tryst), K Hutton (Downfield), F Mann (Carnoustie GC), G Hardy (Ayr Belleisle), C Haugh (Cawder)
75 R McConnachie (Peterculer), G Nethercott (Deeside), C McMaster (Panmure), G Wright (West Linton), N Huguet (Musselburgh), D Orr (Mearns Castle)
76 S Fay (Royal Dornoch), S O'Hara (Mouse Valley), S Herald (Mearns Castle), J Mackay (Turnberry Hotel), N Walton (Glasgow)
77 A Love (St Andrews), A Mackrell (Playsport Golf), T Poyser (Renaissance)
78 S Costello (Strathaven), F Rummings (Canmore), S Craig (Craig Golf), D Williamson (Kirkhill)
79 P McLean (Paul Lawrie GC), G Makay (Melville DR), S Lamb (Peebles)
80 R Buckley (Royal Musselburgh).
81 R Mitchell (Paul Lawrie GC)
82 T Dingwall (Kemnay).



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