Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Carnoustie's Will Porter shows his

class with a 67 at Montrose

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Carnoustie's Will Porter, Scottish U18 boys champion in 2015 when he was 17, underlined his potential for the pro game when he leaves the amateur ranks, by sharing leading Scot honours with Craig Ross (Kirkintilloch) after the second round of the PGA EuroPro Tour 54-hole event at Montrose Links.
They are joint 10th with one round to go, four shots behind the leader, left-handed Englishman Chris Gane

Porter, pictured, has had rounds of 69 and 67 for six-under 136 over the par-71 course. He notched an eagle 3 at the fifth and birdied the second, third, eighth, 11th, 12th and 13th in his second-round halves of 34-33.
Paul Lawrie's nephew Sean Lawrie had a best of the day second-round, seven-under 64, nine strokes better than his first round. 
Sean Lawrie dominated the front nine, going out in just 29 shots, and registered himself as another genuine contender for the £59,000 bonus for a 59 round when he was eight-under par through 12 holes. However, a bogey on the 14th nulled any hope of a big payday for the Scot who finished the round tied for 15th spot and five shots off the lead.
Cousin Craig Lawrie had an eagle 3 at the sixth and three birdies in his second-round, repeat 70, a tally of 140 beating the cut mark by one stroke.
Paul Lawrie Golf Centre team-mate Sam Kiloh from Portlethen was not so lucky. He had a pair of 71s to miss the cut by one stroke with a 142 total.
Newmachar's John Duff and Kamran Zeynalov (Portlethen) were two other North-east players eliminated. Duff scored 73-72 for 145, Zeynalov a pair of 74s for 148.
Gavin Hay from Grantown on Spey is also on the sidelines after rounds of 75 and 77 for 152.
The leading five players with a round to go are all from England, headed by Chris Gane, two shots clear with a pair 66s for 10-under 132


PGA EUROPRO TOUR
Montrose Links
Second Round
Par 142 (2x71)
132 Chris Gane (Eng) 66 66
134 James Ruth (Eng) 68 66, Joe Brooks (Eng) 68 66, Jack Yule (Eng) 69 65, Gary King (Eng) 66 68

SCOTS' SCORES
136 C Ross (Kirkhill 68 68, W Porter (Carnoustie) (am) 69 67 (T10)
137 S Lawrie (Paul Lawrie GC) 73 64 (T15)
139 P McKechnie (Braid Hills) 73 66, L Saltman (Renaissance) 68 71 (T32)
140 C Lawrie (Paul Lawrie GC) 70 70 (T41)
141 N Fenwick (Dunbar) 74 67, J Gallagher (Duddingston) 66 75

MISSED CUT (141 and better qualified).
142 S Kiloh (Paul Lawrie GC) 71 71
143 Z Saltman (Winterfield) 70 73, J McLeary (Deer Park)
144 C O'Neil (Mearns Castle) 73 71, J McColl (Kingsbarns PA) 74 70.
145 C Fyfe (Cawder) (am) 73 72
148 K Zeynalov (Portlethen) 74 74, J Mullaney (unatt) 74 74
150 J Henry (Clydebank and Dist) 74 76
152 G Hay (Mearns Castle) 75 77.
154 J Savage (Cawder) 76 78
155 M Stewart (Troon Welbeck) 79 76
156 A Sutherland (Dukes) 75 81

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Left-hander Chris Gane

leads by two at Montrose
 
Southpaw Chris Gane, pictured, shot consecutive rounds of 66 to lead by two heading into the final round of the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour’s Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters at Montrose Golf Links.
Gane (Left Handed Golf at Silvermere) took control in Montrose after many of the front runner’s scores went in the opposite direction. A second consecutive round of 66 (-5) with just a single bogey was enough to give the 44-year old a two-shot cushion with 18 holes left to play.
 
He said: “It’s been tricky yardage-wise this week, hitting clubs off tees to stay out of bunkers that you would usually expect to get to. There’s an element of luck there with links golf that I’ve been fortunate with at times.”
 
It didn’t as planned for Gane, who picked up a bogey on the first hole. He said: “You know round here that there are lots of scoring chances, I find that links golf is more about staying out of the fairway bunkers. Once I landed in one on the first I was resigned to a bogey, but I knew I’d been playing well and would get chances to go low on the front nine.”
 
The adverse conditions, mainly the strong winds, affected many but Gane stood firm on the Angus coast despite being three shots off the lead before teeing off.
 
Four English golfers sit just two shots behind compatriot Gane in the form of James Ruth (China Fleet Golf and Country Club), Jack Yule (King’s Lynn Golf Club), Joe Brooks (Hanbury Manor Golf Club), and Gary King (First Choice Villas/ TWGC).
 
First round leader Craig Farrelly had a start to forget, dropping five shots in the first four holes. Despite two birdies on the front nine, a further two bogeys, on the 13th and 17th holes, leaves the 43-year-old with lots of work to do tomorrow.
 
Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon Golf Club) found his form in the second round, bouncing back from a three-over par opening round, and carded the joint lowest round of the tournament (63) – bogey free no less.
 
A cut to the leading 50 players and ties has now been made, with those one-under par 141 or better proceeding to the final round.
 
Spectator entry is free on the final round and live scoring can be found at europrotour.com. Highlights of the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters will air on Sky Sports on 26th June.


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