Friday 9th September 2016
Weather Plays Part As Competition Hots Up At Stirling International
With near incessant rain during the morning and a gusting wind all day, focus was required throughout the 18 holes to gain the rewards on offer. For some, a rain delay only added to the mental examination as the field for the final round was decided.
Players battled the course and the elements during a rain hit second round at the 6th Stirling International at The Duke’s Course. With near incessant rain during the morning and a gusting wind all day, focus was required throughout the 18 holes to gain the rewards on offer. For some, a rain delay only added to the mental examination as the field for the final round was decided.
On the women’s side, the top 12 would have the chance to play on Friday and the front nine only saw the field come closer together around the cut. The big mover from the back of the pack was Exeter’s Harrie Llewellyn (Vale Resort) who shot a 75 to move into 6th place. The round of the day, however, saw Gemma Batty (Powfoot) from Stirling University shoot a 72 to move to the top of the leader board at five over. Chasing Gemma tomorrow will be St. Andrews Alexa Hammer (Quail Ridge) who is sitting at nine over par.
On the men’s side, the early starters knew they had a great chance at recording a low score and putting themselves in the hunt for a top 45 spot and a final round tomorrow. The rain delay came right in the middle of the round for a number of those players, providing some extra drama to the back nine as students battled to make the cut. The stand out from the early tee times was guest player Oliver Bailey, from Sweden, who battled through to record a level par 71 and move comfortably into the top half of the leader board. At the top of the leader board Peter Kerr (Royal Portrush) from St Andrews repeated his level par round from the first day to take the lead. Laird Shephed (Rye) shot a ‘round of the day’ 70 to move into second place at one over while his Stirling colleague William Walker (Belton Park) shot his second consecutive one over 72 to sit in third place.
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