Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Sean Lawrie (68) makes a flying start at EuroPro Tour Final Q School
Frilford Heath’s own Robert Harrhy tied at the top alongside Harry Konig of Tiverton Golf Club after Round 1 of Q School Final Qualifying at Frilford Heath Golf Club today (Tuesday April 2019) going into Round 2. 
On conditions a million miles away from those witnessed in the opening stage of Q School, it was Harrhy and Konig who led the field on -6 with cards of 66. 
Harrhy completing his round with four birdies in a row to finish up going in the clubhouse as the leader. Konig hitting an eagle on the Par 5, 6th hole was a stand-out moment on an impressive round for the American. 
Going into Wednesday's Round 2, amateur Owen Crooks, Bushfoot Golf Club, finds himself in a strong position tied third with -5 alongside Sam Stillwell, Gareth Evans (Wrexham Golf Club), and Robert Burlison (Enville Golf Club). 7 players in total finished on -5. 
Donnington Grove’s tied winner from the first stage of qualifying, Lars Buijis from Royal Antwerp Golf Club, went -4 after his initial round. 
Sean Lawrie (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) has the overnight leading Scot honour with a four-under 68 for T10 position
Former international cricketer Sean Ervine teed off alongside Stonehaven's Sam Locke ( Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) and American Andrew Arft, the three coming into the clubhouse on +2, Par and +2 respectively. 
Scots scores:
68 Sean Lawrie (T10)
70 Danny Kay, Jamie McLeary (T29)71 Lloyd Saltman, Conor O'Neil (T43)
72 Sam Locke, Michael Stewart (T61)
80 Gavin Hay (T228)
82 John Gallagher (T236)
85 Blair Morton (am) (240th)
A lively Par 3 Hole 6 with two bunkers and a water hazard, proved a great success for Samuel Whitaker,  Blankney Golf Club, who shot a hole in one, finishing -2, 70.
Whitaker said: “I played well today, I was a bit disappointed when I found the water on 3 but didn’t let that affect my round. We couldn’t see the hole from the tee, but on the line, I hit it on, I knew there was a chance of a hole in 1. I’ve only ever had 2 before today and as for another one tomorrow, we will have to wait and see.”


Tomorrow (Wednesday), is a key day with golfers taking on either the red or blue course, depending on which they didn’t play today. After that, qualifying will be cut to the leading 80 ahead of play concluding on the blue course this Friday. 
All those who have progressed to Final Stage have already earned at least a category 14, with golfers making the cut at the Final Stage cut earning a minimum category 10 and the top 30 earning a category 3.



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