Thursday, November 23, 2017

Craig Lawrie wins Portugal Tour's Palmares 

Classic with a pair of 66s

Craig Lawrie has scored the best win so far in his pro golf career with a 12-under-par total of 132 to head a field of 81 players in the Palmares Classic, the opening event of the Portugal Pro Tour's Winter Series.
Craig, 22-year-old son of Paul Lawrie and playing out of the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre, shot a pair of six-under-par 66s. He was in fourth place overnight.
Paul Lawrie tweeted: "I'm so pleased and proud of my boy."
Craig, pictured right flanked by two Portugal Pro Golf Tour officials,  struck the front early in the final round by birdieing the first four holes and reached the turn in 32. More birdies followed at ther 10th, 13h and 16th. Craig's only bogey came at the 17th.
His victory is worth 2,000 euros (£1,773.50). His previous wins as a pro have been on the North-east Alliance circuit.
He won by one stroke from three players: Englishman David Dixon (69-64), Welshman Rhys Enoch (66-67) and Sweden's Felix Aberg (65-68).
Cousin Sean Lawrie shot 71-70 for joint 22nd place on 141 with compatriot Jay Taylor. Only the first 15 final totals earned prizemoney. 
Alan Welsh (Cathkin Braes), pictured left, also missed out on the money although he was the next best Scot after Craig Lawrie. Alan shot a pair of 70s for 140 and a T17 finish. He had five birdies but bogeyed three short holes.
Young Portlethen amateur Ben Murray did well to return steady scores of 72 and 71 for 143 and a share of 33rd place.
Clubmate Kamran Zeynalov scored 74-73 for 147.
Sam Kiloh (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) had rounds of 74 and 76 for 150.

par 144 (2x72)
132 Craig Lawrie (Sco) 66 66.
133 David Dixon (Eng) 69 64, Rhys Enoch (Wales) 66 67, Felix Aberg (Swe) 65 68.
134 Hugo Santos (Por) 64 70.
135 Michael Watson (Eng) 67 68, Joe Kelly (Eng) 67 68.

140 Alan Welsh (Sco) 70 70 (T17)
141 Sean Lawrie (Sco) 71 70, Jay Taylor (Sco) 71 70 (T22)
143 Ben Murray (Sco) (am) 72 71 (T33)
146 Chris Maclean (Sco) 71 75 (T44)
147 Kamran Zeynalov (Sco) 74 73 (T49).
150 Sam Kiloh (Sco) 74 76 (T58)
152 Ben Craggs (Sco) 81 71, Michael Stokes (Sco) 77 75 (T63)




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