Thursday, October 02, 2014


By George! Murray is 11 over par and still 

has  three holes to play in Rome

 George Murray is one of the most consistent players on the European Challenge Tour.
But not in the EMC Golf Challenge Open which began in Rome with a weather-hit first day.
The Anstruther man, pictured, had only played 15 holes when play was suspended due to darkness following morning delays due to flooding on parts of the course.
But Murray with three holes still to play is 11 over par!
Out in 42. George had a triple bogey 7 at the eighth and double bogey 6s at the third and 11th.
Duncan Stewart from Grantown on Spey did not fare much better. He completed his round in 77 strokes for a share of 96th place (Murray is lying last of 120 at the moment). Also round in 77 was Jack Doherty
Paul McKechnie is doing OK. The Edinburgh man is T23, having completed a par 71 and Raymond Russell is par for the 12 holes he played before the early finish called by officials.
Wallace Booth shot a 74 for a share of 60th place.
Scott Henry is T73 on the 75 mark. 
Frenchman Alexandre Kaleka led the field in Rome with a four-under 67
The two-time Challenge Tour winner did not let the difficult conditions affect his game early on as he birdied the par three second hole to set the ball rolling, before picking up a shot each at the fifth and ninth to reach the turn in three under.
A bogey at the tenth knocked back his charge but the 27 year old finished with a flourish, carding an eagle three at the 17th hole to card a four under 67 and take a one shot lead into the second day, when a number of groups will finish their first rounds before the second round’s play begins at 8:50am local time.
Three players were in the clubhouse just a shot off the pace, with winner already on the Challenge Tour this season Antonio Hortal of Spain joined in a share of second place by experienced Frenchman Julien Guerrier and promising young Portuguese Ricardo Gouveia after they all signed for three under par rounds of 68.
Another Frenchman, Edouard Espana, was three under while still out on the course, as was Englishman Jason Palmer.
Former European Tour winners, Jeppe Huldahl pf Denmark and Swede Michael Jonzon, both carded two under par rounds of 69 to lie two strokes off the summit on two under par.





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