Wednesday 13th March 2019

Trying conditions leave it tight at the top at Western Gailes

Three players sit at the top of the leaderboard in the women’s competition at the 14th West of Scotland Trophy while in the men’s competition Jordan Sundborg (Stirling) leads by 2.

Three players sit at the top of the leaderboard in the women’s competition at the 14th West of Scotland Trophy after Penny Brown, Hazel MacGarvie (both Stirling), and Kirsten Brown (St Andrews) all shot +7 78s in their first round. In the men’s competition a superlative +1 72 from Jordan Sundborg (Stirling) leads by 2 from team mate Scott MacPherson.

The women’s competition got underway in the worst of the competition with high winds and heavy rain creating very difficult conditions. Further hindering performance was the fact the first holes were all into the wind and indeed the first 5 holes would prove to the toughest throughout the day.

This difficult front nine saw MacGarvie’s +5 giving her a 3 stroke lead at the halfway point. However, with slightly improving weather, the two Browns were able to reel her in, both coming back in one under par to share that first round lead.

The round of the day came in the men’s competition from Sundborg. Going out in one under 35 was impressive and indeed only a bogey-bogey finish prevented him from recording the only under par round of the day.

His teammate MacPherson had early struggles, dropping three shots in his first five holes. A birdie at the 6th stopped that run and although he dropped another two shots, a birdie at 16 meant led to a round of 74. Sharing third are a couple of the later starters from the day – Kieran Quinn (West of Scotland) and Ethan Campbell (Stirling) shooting 76 apiece to lie only 4 back from the leader.

Kudos must go to the man lying one back from Quinn and Campbell, Matt Bell (Stirling) the only man to record an eagle over the course of the day – his 3 at 14 helping him to stay in contention with the leaders.

With further bad weather scheduled for day two the challenge will be for the leaders to back up their solid play while those further back will be hoping to make moves of their own and at least find themselves on the right side of the cut line at the end of the second round.

Full results and tee times for Thursday’s second round are available on GolfBox