Saturday, May 02, 2015

Only seven Scots beat cut in Lytham Trophyk

Neil, McDonald 10 shots behind leader

Only seven Scots beat the cut at the halfway stage of the Lytham Trophy with the best of them, British amateur champion Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie) and Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) 10 shots behind the leader after 36 holes, writes Colin Farquharson.
The cut to the leading 40 and ties for Sunday's final two rounds fell at 151 and the Scots who did not make it included Michael Smyth 153, Craig Howie 155, Daniel Young 157, Jamie Savage 157, Fraser Moore 159, Nick Macandrew 159, Conor Syme 159, Graeme Robertson 159.
No British player has won the Lytham Trophy since Lancashire man Jack Senior in 2011 and it is looking that "export only" way again after Day 2 of the prestigious tournament at Royal Lytham and St Annes
Early in the day, during which conditions became more and more difficult to a cold wind, Sweden's Marcus Kinult posted a second-round 69 - one under par - to be the leader by seven strokes in the clubhouse
The target he set - 137, a three under par aggregate over the par 70 course which is an Open championship links, was unchallenged by the end of a long, long day.
Stirling University student Cormac Sharvin, a former Irish amateur champion from the Ardglass club, later cut Kinult's lead to five shots with a 74 for 142.
Hopes of a first Scottish winner since Lloyd Saltman in 2007 faded when  Bradley Neil and Jack McDonald  came to grief in the second round after solid starts on Friday.
Neil slumped from 71 to 76 for 147 the same 36-hole tally as McDonald with scores of 70-77 - 10 shots off the pace
The Blairgowrie man dropped five shots over the first six holes and a birdie at the fourth got him out in 38. He got another birdie after the turn, at the 11th, but it was surrounded by further bogeys at the 10th, 14th and 17th.
McDonald had double bogeys at the third and sixth. His only birdie of the day came at the fourth but he dropped more shots at the eighth, ninth, 11th and 17th in halves of 39-38

Par 140 (2x70)
137 Marcus Kinhult (Swe) 68 69
142 Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass) 68 74
144 Oliver Farrell (Evesham) 70 74, Richard James (Aberystwyth) 71 71.
145 Robin Roussel (France) 74 71, Jack Barrie Yule (Middleton Hall) 74 71
146 Daniel Wasteney (Lindrick) 72 74, Lukas Lipold (Aut) 69 77, Zan Luka Stirn (Slovenia) 70 76

147 Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie) 71 76, Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) 70 77
148 Mathias Eggenberger (Stirling Univ) 71 77, Craig Ross (Kirkhill) 71 77, Ewen Ferguson (Bearsden) 75 73
149 Greig Marchbank (Thornhill) 73 76, Barry Hume (Haggs Castle) 73 76
150 Scott Gibson (Southerness) 75 75, Jack Singh Brar (Remedy Oak) 71 79

(leading 40 players and ties at 151 and better)
152 John Axelsen (Denmark) 68 84
153 Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) 75 78, Marco Iten (Stirling Univ) 72 81
154 Gavin Moynihan (The Island) 78 76
155 Craig Howie (Peebles) 74 81, Matthew Clark (Kilmacolm) 81 74
156 Henry Tomlinson (Stirling Univ) 76 80
157 Daniel Young (Craigie Hill) 78 79, Jamie Savage (Cawder) 75 82, Marco Penge (Goodwood) 78 79.
159 Fraser Moore (Glenbervie) 77 82, Nick Macandrew (Royal Aberdeen) 79 80, Connor Syme (Drumoig) 78 81, Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie) 75 84.
161 Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park) 82 79
162 David Butler (Monifieth) 81 81





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