Saturday, April 22, 2017

Syme leads by two from Bruce at Battle Trophy

Former Australian open amateur champion Connor Syme (Drumoig) will start Sunday's final two rounds of the Battle Trophy at Crail's Craighead links course with a two-stroke lead after a pair of impressive four-under-par 68s for a halfway tally of eight-under 136.

Over his two rounds today, professional's son Syme, pictured, had one eagle and 10 birdies. He took a double bogey 6 at the second hole of his second round in his stride, responding with a birdie at the short seventh, an eagle 3 at the long eighth and a birdie at the ninth to turn in two-under 35.
His nearest challenger is a up-and-coming youngster from Banff, Callum Bruce (Duff House Royal) who has posted rounds of 68 and 70. But for Bruce's effort, Syme would be leading by six shots and the four players sharing third place are back on 142.
In his second round, Bruce birdied the first, third, sixth and ninth, bogeying only the fourth, in an outward 34. But the flow of birdies dried up after the turn and the Banffer covered his second nine in eight pars and a bogey at the 11th.
The cut to the leading 40 and ties fell at 151 after looking like 150 for most of the second round.

Crail GS Manager
Another sparkling 68 from Connor Syme provided him with a two-shot lead on his own. After a double at the 4th, he quickly recovered with a birdie-eagle-birdie finish to the front nine before posting a blemish-free two-under back nine.
However, this impressive score was matched by Jamie Stewart (Old Ranfurly), who had four birdies and an eagle on the front nine and must be rueing a bogey-bogey finish to what was otherwise a great display of golf.
Callum Bruce held on to Syme’s coat-tails with a solid 70 that contained only two dropped shots and leaves him in splendid isolation in second place on 138.
Marc Watt (Inverallochy) was clearly fired up after dropping three shots on the final two holes in the morning, as he bludgeoned his way to the turn in six-under-par in the afternoon. Although the Buchan player faded to finish with 69, he has now avoided the early start that awaits others.
The perseverance award has to go to Kyle Godsman (Moray), who zipped to the turn in 31 strokes and was still 6 under before racking up a 9 on the 14th. Finishing with 70 left him with mixed emotions.
Past winner Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie) blew his already slim chances through a sloppy finish of two doubles and a bogey to complete a pair of 74s.

Crail Golfing Society, Craighead Links, Fife

par 144 (2x72) SSS 74 CSS 74 74

136 C Syme (Drumoig) 68 68.
138 C Bruce (Duff House Royal) 68 70.
142 J Stewart (Old Ranfurly) 74 68, S Stewart (Clydebank and Dist) 72 70, J Wright (Forres) 71 71, C Fyfe (Cawder) 71 71

143 C Lamb (Newmachar) 72 71, C Smith (Camperdown) 71 72, S Blair (Royal Musselburgh) 69 74, K Godsman (Moray) 73 70, S McLaren (Bruntsfield Links 73 70.
144 M Watt (Inverallochy) 75 69, C Ross (Kirkhill) 72 72, D Howie (Peebles) 74 70, S Locke (Banchory) 74 70.
145 K Cantley (Liberton) 72 73, C Wilson (Castle Park) 74 71
146 J Harling (Banchory) 74 72, A J Sutherland (Cupar) 73 73, A Carrick (Douglas Park) 71 75, M Clark (Kilmacolm) 71 75, L Johnston (Dumfries and Co) 70 76.
147 S Roger (Cruden Bay) 73 74, G Wishart (Lundin) 72 75
148 C Maclean (Balmore) 77 71, G Robertson (Glenbervie) 74 74.

+Players with 36-hole totals of 151 and better qualified for Sunday's final two rounds.





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