Saturday, July 09, 2016

Scott Henry in triple tie for Slovakia Challenge 

lead with Rai and Langasque

with a few amendments by Colin Farquharson 
 Scott Henry, Englishman Aaron Rai and Frenchman Romain Langasque are tied for the pole position with one round to go in the Slovakia Challenge at the Penati Golf Resort.
Rai moved into the title picture with a three under par third round of 69 as windy conditions in Senica made scoring more difficult than on the first two days.
Langasque also shot 69 to reach 13 under par overall, with Henry  signing for a 70.
Rai, whose best finish this season is a tie for third at the Turkish Airlines Challenge, eagled the par six 15th hole – the longest hole in Europe – and credited his time playing on the EuroPro Tour for preparing him for the step up to the Challenge Tour this year.
“It was tough today,” said the 21 year old. “There was quite a lot of wind and with all the trees we’ve got out there it can blow in all directions, so it was tricky with the approach shots to get your distances.
“I think tee to green I was very solid and I also holed a couple of putts which was nice – to eagle the par six is a cool thing to be able to say. It was into the wind, so was playing its full 783 yards, but I hit a very good third shot into the green.
“It will be nice to be in the final group tomorrow but, as boring as it sounds, you’ve just got to try to do the same things you’ve been doing all week, just stick to the gameplan and hopefully it will go well.
“In this game, when you get a little bit overconfident you can go for shots maybe you shouldn’t and it’s very important not to get too far ahead of yourself – I’m feeling relatively confident and hopefully will stick to the same things tomorrow.
“After having a few good weeks, it makes you feel quite settled even though the Challenge Tour is relatively new – it’s nice to feel a bit more comfortable at events and I’m looking forward to giving it my best shot now to win.
“The EuroPro has a great standard and is producing a lot of good players year in year out and that’s shown by how well they step up to the Challenge Tour, it’s a great breeding ground.
“You have to play very well during the whole year to finish in the top five there so if you do that, you’re ready to make that step up onto the Challenge Tour – I definitely brought confidence from that into this season.”.
Now in paid ranks, the Frenchman has maintained relentlessly good form this season, adding two more top five finishes and not missing a cut in his 11 events so far.
The 21 year old mixed seven birdies with four bogeys in his third round, and he will be looking for a maiden professional victory to move up from his current position of seventh in the Road to Oman Rankings.
Henry led for much of the day, early birdies moving him clear of the chasing pack, before dropped shots on the 15th and the 17th left the Scot tied at the top.
Overnight leader Espen Kofstad’s hopes of qualifying for the Olympic Games with a top two finish suffered a major setback as the Norwegian shot a three over par 75 to end the day four shots behind the leaders.

Par 216 (3x72)
203 Scott Henry (Sco) 68 65 70, Romain Langasque (Fra) 66 68 6, Aaron Rai (Eng) 70 64 69
204 Damien Perrier (Fra) 68 68 68
205 Cormac Sharvin (NIre) 70 64 71, Pedro Oriol (Spa) 67 70 68, James Heath (Eng) 71 65 69.

209 David Law 69 70 70 (T28)





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