Wednesday, September 16, 2015

More fantastic scoring in Paul Lawrie Invitational

More McKechnie magic - lowers Deeside 

record to 8 under 62 to retain lead

The "slaughter" of the Deeside golf course in wind-free conditions continued  when Jason McCreadie (Largs) set an unofficial pro course record of seven-under-par 63.
Little over an hour later ovrernight leader Paul McKechnie (Braid Hills) lowered the record - definitely - to eight-under 62.
"My son Oscar is two years old today so I would like to dedicate this round to him," said Glasgow-born and bred Paul who has now broken 14 course records over the years.
The cut to the leading 28 players and ties came at one-under-par 139. There will be 31 qualifiers competing in Thursday's final round.

McCreadie was the first to raise the bar another notch after Paul McKechnie shot a 64 to lead it  two shots at the end of the first day of the Paul Lawrie Men's Invitational 54-hole tournament at Bieldside, a western suburb of Aberdeen.
McCreadie had eight birdies and one bogey in halves of 32 (four-under-par) and 31 (three under). With a 66 in the first round, Jason led the field - with overnight leader McKechnie still out on the course - for about an hour with an 11 under par of 129.
It is certainly Jason's best round of the year - "I have not been playing particularly well this season. Missing too many greens and not getting up and down. Hopefully, this round will be the turning point for me although it's a bit late in the season."
He birdied the third, fifth, sixth, eighth, 13th, 14th, 15th and 18th.
His only bogey came at the short 12th.
McCreadie, 45, from Skelmorlie near Largs in Ayrshire, said he drove the ball well and putted well on his way to his 63.
"The greens - the whole course, in fact - is in very good condition. The longest putt I holed was a 25-footer for a 3 at the eighth although the 10footer I holed at the 18th for a 63 seemed longer than that when I was lining it up.
"I've set a few course records at Tartan Tour events but, funnily enough, I never thought I would do it at Deeside. The whole course is soft because of the amount of rain we've had this year and that's why so many guys are shooting well under par.
"Normally, the Deeside course is much firmer and when that's the case if you miss the green, then your ball can bounce anywhere. But this week if you miss the green, you have a much better chance of getting up and down to save par."



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