Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Daniel Hendry leading Scot with a 69 at PGA EuroPro Tour event
Robert Burlison and James Willis shot superb seven-under par (65) first rounds at the  PGA EuroPro Tour event at Collingtree Park Golf Club, Northampton to hold a one-shot lead over their nearest competitors.
Burlison (Enville Golf Club), who started on the 10th, kicked things off poorly after bogeying his first hole. However, he responded instantly with a brilliant birdie, and went on to collect eight of them in total to finish the day as the joint tournament leader.
“I hit the ball really well tee to green, but putting was key for me today.”: said the 22-year old, who is searching for his first EuroPro Tour win in his first year.
He added: “I holed a few nice birdie putts on my front 9, including two important par saved from 10 feet on the 3rd and 5th holes which kept my momentum going. A few more birdies to finish after that really helped me out.
“I’ll try to keep a similar approach tomorrow as I did today, there are some tough tee shots out there so trying to get it into good positions off the tee is key.”
Willis (Penn Golf Club) went out in 32, collecting four birdies in the process before coming in with a less than steady back 9 of 33, which consisted of a superb eagle on 14 before a double bogey on 16.
Elsewhere, James Frazer (Pennard Golf Club) was nine-under par heading into his last three holes, but a disastrous triple bogey on the 16th hole meant he finished tied for second with five other golfers.
Bathgate's Louis Gaughan, winner of the AAM Scottish par-3 championship over 36 holes at the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Ardoe yesterday was one of several Scots who made the dash down the M1 from Scotland to the Northampton venue.
Gaughan had a 70 to tie with Wallace Booth  (Pitlochry Golf), who also played in the par-3 championship, for 34th place. Leading Scot is Daniel Hendry in T20 position with a 69.

Par 72
65 R Burlison (Enville), J Willis (Penn).
69 D Hendry (T20)
70 L Gaughan, W Booth (T34)
71 L Allan (T51)
72 J Gallagher, Sean Lawrie, R Campbell, J McColl (T72)
74 C Lawrie (T110)
76 M Stewart (T129)
79 J Henry (T146)
81 J Mullaney (T150)
Retired: C O'Neil after 13 holes.



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