Monday, August 27, 2018

Carrick Neill Scottish men's open amateur stroke play

 
Carrick Neill Scottish Men’s Open Championship Day 1 Report
 
Kilmarnock Barassie’s Euan Walker is tied at the top of the Carrick Neill Scottish Men’s Open Championship after a three-under-par opening round 67 at Gleneagles.
Walker, who turned 23 today, is hoping for a strong week before he heads off to Ireland next week as part of Scotland’s three-man team to compete for the Eisenhower Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championships.After his round, Walker said: “I had never played the King’s Course before. I came up last Sunday as I heard it was a little quirky in places and it was really beneficial to get a practice round in ahead of today.
“The front nine was definitely playing more difficult today into the wind, so I was pleased to go out in level par."
Birdies at 17 and 18 capped off a great opening round 67 for the birthday boy, who sits at the top of the leaderboard with Englishman Sam Rook and Koen Kouwenaar of the Netherlands.
Rook, from Lindrick Golf Club, was very upbeat after his opening round and said: “It’s my first time playing the course and it is very nice. I like the set-up and it suits my eye. If you hit good shots you get rewarded, and likewise, bad shots are punished.”
 
A group of five golfers lies one shot behind the leading trio, and within the chasing pack is Turnhouse’s Euan McIntosh who is hunting an incredible fourth victory on the trot.
 
After an opening round 68, which included three birdies and one dropped shot, McIntosh isn’t getting carried away and is well aware of the challenge ahead.
 
“I think the boys in the morning had it a lot harder than us in the afternoon. The weather settled down after eight holes today and I thought there was a score out there to be had on the back nine.
 
“Given the strong field this week, I will have to play at my very, very best to have a chance of winning. The putts will have to drop because there are a lot of really good young lads playing, but I will be trying.”
 
Also in the group on two under, is this year’s Xact Scottish boys champion, Connor Wilson, 17, from Castle Park Golf Club and Aussie Ben Ferguson, who plays out of The Vines Golf and Country Club in Perth.
 
The scene is set at The King’s Course Gleneagles for an exciting next two days, a truly international jam-packed leaderboard where only 6 shots separate 82 golfers.
 

Dutchman's late birdie burst gives him share of Gleneagles lead with Rook and Walker

Koen Kouwenaar from the Netherlands staged a late birdie blast to join Yorkshireman Sam Rook (Lindrick) and Ayrshire's  Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) in a share of the overnight lead on three-under-par 67 at the Carrick Neill Scottish men's open amateur stroke-play championship over the Kings Course at Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire.
Rook set the clubhouse target early in the day and it was not until around 6pm that Walker took a half-share of the lead overnight.
Then, after 7pm, Kouwenaar came storming home to make it a three-way split of the pole position at the head of a huge field. 
Rook birdied the sixth and seventh to turn in two-under 33 but he ran up a double bogey 6 at the 10th. Rather than a setback, the Englishman regarded it as a spur to better things and he went on to boost his tally of birdies to six with gains at the 13th, 14th,16th and 18th. He did drop one more shot after the turn, at the 15th.
Walker bogeyed the fourth, fifth and 11th in halves of 35. Birdies at the 11th, 14th, 17th and 18th allowed him to close the gap on Rook.
Kouwenaar bogeyed the fourth, 11th and 12th but offset that with birdies at the sixth, 10th and a storming finish of birdies at the 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th for 32 home and a 67.
Five players are sharing third place on 68 - Connor Wilson (Castle Park), Jordan Sundborg (Shanklin and Sandown), Australia-based Scot Ben Ferguson, B McKenzie (Rowlands Castle) and Scottish champion Euan McIntosh (Turnhouse), winner of four 72-hole stroke-play events apart from the national title at the age of 49.
Wilson was four over par after only five holes but he birdied seven holes from the sixth in halves of 37 and 31. Sundborg had an eagle 3 at the 18th in halves of 36-32 and Ferguson an eagle 2 at the 14th.
Some 26 players broke 70 in the first round and the cut to the leading 40 players and ties at halfway is liable to be around the 141-142 mark.


FIRST-ROUND LEADERBOARD
par 70
67 S Rook (Lindrick), E Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie), K Kouwenaar (Netherlands).
68 C Wilson (Castle Park), J Sundborg (Shanklin and Sandown), B Ferguson (Australia), B McKenzie (Rowlands Castle), Euan McIntosh (Turnhouse).
69 M Farr (Northamptonshire), J Hibbert (Delamere Forest) S Done (Kenwick Park), A Talbot (Stoneham), D Lawrence (Ballumbie Castle), S Buchanan (Prestwick St Nicholas), J Wilson (Balmore), J Long (Lansdown), T Perrot (Fra), N Saldarov (Craigielaw), V Veyret (Fra), A McDougall (Elderslie), B Gill (Lindrick), J Stokes (La Moye, Jersey), M Hyde (St Andrews), J McMahon (Wallasey), J Hapgood (Southerndown).
70 J Morton (Huddersfield), J Bolton (Ogbourne Downs), T Carter (Rayleigh), G Bloor (Cavendish), M Bacigalupo(Longniddry), T Plumb (Yeovil), A M Hain (St Andrews), S Easton (Irvine), A Omar (Morocco), B Hallam (Wychwood Park), J Gaunt (Drayton Park), Eric McIntosh (Bruntsfield Park).

OTHER SCORES included
71 J Broun (Ayr Belleisle), E S Scott (St Andrews). S Roger (Peebles), C Fyfe (Cawder), H George (Downfield), M Lamb (Hexham), L Shepherd (Rye).

72 G Dalziel (Airdrie).
73 B Henderson (Deeside), M Lawrie (Deeside), D Howie (Peebles), G Wishart (Lundin), R Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie)
74 J Wright (Forres), M Clark (Kilmacolm), M Napier (Turnhouse).
75 M Robertson (Western Gailes), R J Smith (Dalmahoy), J Johnston (Ayr Belleisle), S McLaren (Bruntsfield Links).
76 R Noon (Renaissance), S Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert), J J Lockie (Tantallon).
77 L Smart (Banchory), F Stoddart (Drumoig).
78 C Franssen (Inverness), L Waldron (Royal Aberdeen), S Fairburn (Torwoodlee), C Cheyne (Newmachar).
79 B Reid (Caledonian), J Bryce (Bathgate), B Kinsley (St Andrews).
80 R Morrison (Australia), C Lamb (Newmachar), D Rudd (Longniddry)
81 C Smith (Downfield), S Stewart (Clydebank and Dist).
82 S Junk (Craigielaw).
84 A Collier (Leven Th)
85 F White (Auchterarder).

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