Philip Beever shot a seven under par 65 to set a new course record in the opening round of the PGA EuroPro Tour event at The Shire London.
Beever (Peter Mitchell Golf Academy) recorded eight birdies on the Hertfordshire course in glorious conditions that were in stark contrast to the horrible weather in last weeks’ Wensum Valley opener where the wind and rain played havoc with the scoring.
There were no such troubles at the Seve Ballesteros designed course for the man from New Ash Green, who was level through five then birdied six, seven and eight to kick-start his round and send him on the way to the course record, with five more birdies to come down the back nine.
“It feels great,” said Beever after being told of the record. “I’ve never had one before. I went out early and had a good draw, and I just played solidly and putted well.”
The 26 year-old was the talk of the clubhouse with the record and his healthy three-shot lead, and admitted there would be nerves ahead of tomorrow’s second round.
“I’ve never been in this situation before, so I think I’ll have a couple of beers with the lads tonight to calm the nerves and just plod along tomorrow.”
The stunning weather and low score put a smile on Beever’s face – but will be dressing differently when he tees off at 12.40 tomorrow in what is likely to be another scorcher.”I certainly won’t be wearing black again – that was a bad decision,” he said.
Six players trail Beever by three shots at four under par (68) -Mark O’Sullivan (Galway), Lloyd Kennedy (Chelmsford GC), Adam Frayne (St Mellion), Jamie Harris (Tonbridge GC), Alan Murray (Glenstones GC) and James Ruebotham (Welwyn Garden City GC) while one shot behind them at three under is a group of five players – Jamie Elson (Forum Financial Associates), Colin Roope (wstore.co.uk), David Callaway (Linx International) Dale Marmion (Eaton) and Peter Appleyard (Read Group/Wildernesse). Doncaster’s Michael Hempstock and Pro Dream USA’s Lorne Kelly, who – along with Harris – lost out to Seve Benson in last week’s four-way play-off in Norfolk, are in a group of nine players at two under, with 12 at one under and 17 players level before Thursday.
Date Posted: 07/05/08, 8pm