Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Course-record 62 gives Coupland a four-stroke lead on EuroPro Tour

Dave Coupland shot a course record 62 (-11) to leave the rest of the field in his wake and lead by four shots at the PGA EuroPro Tour event at Foxhills Golf Club & Resort, Surrey.
 
Coupland (Woodhall Spa Golf Club), set the course record at the Pro-Am carding a 63 (-10) before breaking his own record 24 hours later, going one better posting a 62 (-11), marking the lowest ever one-round score in the PGA EuroPro Tour’s history.
 
The previous record came in 2016 when Billy Hemstock carded a final round of 61 (-10) at Montrose Golf Links.
 
A blemish-free score card which consisted of 11 birdies and seven pars; Coupland admitted it was a near-perfect round: “What can you say? It was unbelievable out there today. It’s so difficult to follow up a low round with another one but to better it was amazing.
 
“I knew I was playing solid yesterday, I felt comfortable out there and had a game plan and stuck to it today. I was able to read the greens well and the putts just dropped in today.
 
“I’m not going to get ahead of myself because I know it will be difficult to replicate that tomorrow. It’s a new day and I have to approach with a blank slate.
 
“There’s only one poor shot that I played today that sticks in my mind and even then, I was able to get up and down to make birdie, but other than that it was a perfect day.”

After missing his first cut of the season last week, the bounce back of all bounce backs means Coupland heads into the second round with a three-shot lead over his nearest competitor. Will Enefer (Retail Furniture Ltd) sits in second after carding a superb opening round of 66 (-7), dropping just two shots over his first 18 holes.
 
A cut to the leading 50 professionals and ties will be made after Thursday's second round.

LEADING FIRST ROUND SCORES
Par 73
62 D Coupland (Woodhall Spa)
66 W Enefer (Eng)
68 M Smith (Foxhills), J Dean (Hillsborough), J Simpson (Whickham).
SCOTS' SCORES
70 L Saltman, C Lawrie, C Ross (T15)
71 J Hendry (T28)
72 S Kiloh (T47)
73 D Young (T60)
74 J McColl (T77)
75 R Campbell (Falkirk) (T99)
76 S Lawrie, M Stewart (T113)
78 C O'Neil (T137)
81 A Sutherland (T150)

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