Thursday, May 24, 2018

Ferguson and Forrest in top 20 after Czech Challenge Round 1 

England’s Nathan Kimsey and Thomas Linard of France are tied at the top after carding seven under par 65s in the opening round of the D+D REAL Czech Challenge.

Scots Grant Forrest (pictured) and Ewen Ferguson are T16 on 68.
Scoring conditions were ideal on Day One, as Linard recorded eight birdies in the morning session before Kimsey went bogey-free around Golf and Spa Kunětická Hora in the afternoon.
The fast start should have been no surprise to Linard who has two top five finishes to his name, including a win in 2014, in only three appearances at the D+D REAL Czech Challenge.
“I always seem to play well around here,” said the 30 year old. “I have a lot of good memories at this place.
“How I’ve played in recent weeks doesn’t matter too much to me as long as I am following the same process, because eventually I believe I will reach the level I want to.
“If I continue to play like this hopefully I’ll win again here.”
For Kimsey, the signs of promise had been emerging for a while, and he sensed that a good score might be right around the corner.
“I felt like it was coming,” said the 25 year old. “I’ve played some good golf the last three or four events, I just haven’t been putting it all together in one round or one week.
“I’ve definitely been striking it well, so I was hoping for a low one to come in soon.
“Today was just really solid all day. I wasn’t stressing for pars, it was just steady all the way around.”
The two men are one shot clear of Denmark’s Joachim B. Hansen, who also went bogey-free, and Germany’s Marcel Schneider, who offset his two bogeys with an eagle at the 545-yard par five seventh.
The shot of the day, however, is reserved for Frenchman Julien Brun, who made a hole-in-one on the 162-yard par three 13th.
“It was an eight iron with the wind slightly off the right,” said Brun. “I was lucky enough to play third actually because I was debating between nine and eight and the other guys came up short, so I chose the eight and it ended up pretty good.”
The ace was the fourth of Brun’s career and the second this year after he recently made one in a Pro-Am.
“It’s crazy. I waited ten years for my third one and now I’ve got two in the last few months,” he said.
The one-and-done hole helped propel Brun to a round of one under par 71.
In all, 81 players shot par or better at the 7,337-yard course on a sun-kissed day where the wind remained relatively calm.

Par 72
65 Thomas Linard (Fra), Nathan Kimsey (Eng)
66 Marcel Schneider (Ger), Joachim B Hansen (Denmark)
67 Jose Marin (Spn), Minkyu Kim (S Korea), Matthias Schwab (Austria), Simon Forsstrom (Swe), Jack Singh Brar (Eng), Niclas Johansson (Swe), Julian Kunzabacher (Ger), Marco Iten (Switz), Marco Iten (Switz), Ross McGowan (Eng), Joel Girrbach (Switz), Ricardo Santos (Portugal

68 Ewen Ferguson, Grant Forrest (T16)
69 Craig Howie, Chris Doak (T19)
74 Liam Johnston, Jack McDonald (T102)
75 Jack Doherty (T121)
77 Robert MacIntyre (148th)





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