Thursday, May 10, 2018

Henry leading Scot at Portugal Open Challenge with a 71

Scott Henry is just inside the leading 20 players despite a double bogey 7 at the third in a first-round, one-under-par 71 at the Portugal Open Challenge Tour event at Morgado Golf Resort today.
Henry had a bag of five birdies to offset his shots dropped. He is four behind the first-round Spanish leader Adri Arnhaus.

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LEADERBOARD
Par 72
67 A Arnhaus (Spn)
69 O Edwards (Wales), L Nemecz (Austria), V Lopez (Portugal) (am)

SCOTS' SCORES
71 Scott Henry (T19)
73 Ewen Ferguson (T43)
74 Robert MacIntyre (T73)
75 Jack Doherty, Liam Johnston (T92)
76 Grant Forrest (T113)
77 Jack McDonald (T127)
80 Jay Taylor, Ross Kellett (T148)

Field of 157 players

Arnaus leads by two at Portimao venue

Adri Arnaus carded his first sub-70 round of the European Challenge Tour season to take a two-shot lead after the opening day of the 56˚ Open de Portugal @ Morgado Golf Resort.
The Spaniard is closely followed by Welshman Owen Edwards, Austrian Lukas Nemecz, Northern Ireland’s Cormac Sharvin, and Portuguese amateur Vitor Lopes, who all carded three under par rounds of 69 to sit two off the pace after 18 holes in Portimão.
The 23 year old teed off early this morning on the sun-kissed course and set the pace with a blemish-free front nine.
Birdies on the par four fourth and the par five seventh helped him on his way before he gained another shot on the ninth hole to reach the turn in 33.
Arnaus, who won twice as an amateur on the satellite Alps Tour last season, added another birdie to his card on the 12th before extending his advantage at the short par four 15th.
The 624-yard 16th hole did not cause him any trouble as he walked off with a par, before coming into the clubhouse with successive pars to set the pace for the rest of the field in the afternoon.
Following two missed cuts in his first three starts this term, Arnaus was delighted with his bogey-free 67 which he believed was the result of ‘trusting his process’.
“Today was a lot of fun,” he said. “I played the golf I like to play as I was always in position and was able to look for the green in the best meaning I could try to make some putts.
“I had a lot of birdie opportunities and took advantage of five of them – I had no errors as well, which was key. I’ve been playing really good tee to green for most of this season, and today I was able to make some putts.
“I had a huge drive on seven which allowed me to hit a six iron into the green and that was definitely a moment which got me going – that was a good birdie there. I think I had a good up-and-down on eight and a birdie on nine.
“Then I thought ‘okay, lets play a good back nine’ and I really had a good round.
“I haven’t had the best start to the season but my coach has kept telling me to stay calm, be patient and trust in the process.”
The wind whipped up later in the day and several players looked to challenge Arnaus for top spot. However, it was the four of Edwards, Lopes, Nemecz, and Sharvin, who take a share of second at the end of Day One.
All of that group carded four birdies and one bogey, but it was the card of Portuguese amateur Lopes that shone the brightest from the chasing pack.
The 21 year old, on his debut Challenge Tour appearance, claimed two birdies on the front nine then added another gain at the tricky 11th – one of only 13 on the hole all day – before dropping his first shot on the 17th.
However, the bogey did nothing but spur him on for a strong final hole. With the clubhouse in sight the youngster rolled in a 25 foot birdie putt to take him up to tied second and finish the day as the leading Portuguese player. 
 FIRST-ROUND SCORES
Par 72 
67 A Arnaus (Spn).
 69 O Edwards  (Wales) , L Nemecz (Austria) , C Sharvin (NIre) , V Lopes (Portugal) (am)
 70 T Cruz  (Portugal) , J Allan  (Eng) , G Hurley (Ire) , I Cantero Gutierrez  (Spn) , D Berna Manzanares (Spn) , R Kakko  (Finland) , D McElroy (NIre) , S Forsström (Swe) , J Davidson (Wales) , R Davies (Wales)
 71 J Girrbach (Switz) , A Chapman  (Eng) , P Figueiredo  (Portugal) , J Senior (Eng) , D Dixon (Eng) , L Van Meijel (Netherlands) , R Enoch  (Wales) , A Karlsson  (Swe) , S Henry  (Sco)
 72 T Tree (Eng) , M Kim (SKor) , G Porteous (Eng) , A Rozner  (Fra) , A Meronk  (Poland) , J Pastor (Spn , R De Sousa (Switz) , M Salminen (Finland) , B Moore  (Eng) , M Ford (Eng) , W Besseling  (Netherlands) , D Huizing (Netherlands)
 73 C Griffiths (Eng) , S Soderberg (Swe) , J Hume (Ire) , T Bessa (Portugal) , B Virto  (Spn) , A Mansell (Eng) , M Haastrup  (Denmark) , E Ferguson  (Sco) , M Cort (Eng) , J Cafourek (Czech) , S Robertshawe (Eng) , M Ludwig  (Austria) , D Papadatos (Australia) , R Dinwiddie  (Eng) , U Coussaud (Fra) , S Manley (Wales) , M Iten  (Switz , L Cohen-Boyer (Fra) , S Gregory (Eng) , R Roussel  (Fra) , C Selfridge  (NIre) , A Bernadet  (Fra) , A Ahokas (Finland) , R Sciot-Siegrist  (Fra) , J Carlota (Portugal) , P Howard  (Eng) , V Riu  (Fra) , M Lampert (Ger) , G Stal  (Fra) , K Koivu (Finland) , J Freiburghaus (Switz) (am)
 74 M nvesen (Den) , R MacIntyre  (Sco) , C Farrelly (Eng) , M Gradecki  (Poland) , J Brun  (Fra) , J Abbott (Eng) , F Mruzek (Czech) , N Lemke (Swe) , R Santos  (Portugal) , D Van Driel  (Netherlands) , M Gaspar  (Portugal) , F Dreier (Denmark) , M Penge (Eng) , J Lima  (Portugal) , B Parker  (Eng) , H Casey (Eng) , T Santos Silva  (Portugal) , O Lengden (Swe)
 75 B Hellgren  (Swe) , M Carlsson  (Swe) , L Vaisanen (Finland) , O Stark (Swe) , R Van West  (Netherlands) , M Madsen  (Denmark) , J Doherty  (Sco) , S Hutsby  (Eng) , D Foos (Ger) , S Einhaus (Ger) , S Tarrio Ben  (Spn) , G King (Eng) , M Schmitt  (Ger) , S Matus  (Czech) , M Fenasse (Fra) , S Grehan  (Ire) , P Tarver-Jones (Eng) , J Caldwell  (NIre) , L Johnston (Sco) , T Gouveia (Portugal) , P Lencart Silva (Portugal) (am)
 76 A Wennstam (Swe) , R Hjelm (Denmark) , G Forrest  (Sco) , D Perrier (Fra) , J Kunzenbacher (Ger) , P Barjon  (Fra) , D Løkke (Denmark) , J Singh Brar  (Eng) , M Søgaard  (Denmark) , B Easton (SAf) , E España (Fra) , C O'Rourke  (Ire) , T Yamac (Turkey) (am)
 77 N Møller  (Denmark) , J McDonald  (Sco) , S Walker (Eng) , H Joannes  (Belgium) , J Rutherford (Eng) , S Whitehead (Eng) , R Saxton (Netherlands) , C Feldborg Nielsen (Swe) , B Eccles (Australia), J Ramos  (Portugal)
 78 M Orrin (Eng) , J Friesz  (Slovakia), P Maddy (Eng) , N Marsh  (Eng), V Østerby (Denmark), A Boasson  (Iceland), S Towndrow (Eng), D Brown (Eng), L Acikalin (Turkey) (am) 
 79 E Dubois (Fra), A Garcia-Heredia (Spn), B Paolini (USA), J Parry (Eng), J Huldahl (Denmark), J Sarasti (Spn), K McClatchie (SAf), J Lando Casanova (Fra), M Trappel (Austria) 
 80 J Taylor (Sco) , O Rozner  (Fra) , T Rodrigues  (Portugal) , J Van Der Vaart (Netherlands), R Kellett (Sco)
 81 A Velasco (Spn) , B Robinson (Eng) , J Adams (Eng) , S Dyson  (Eng)
 
                                                   

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