Benson and Marmion share the lead in Devon

Benson and Marmion share the lead in Devon

June 16th, 2011

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Graham Benson produced the best round of the season to move to a joint lead in the latest PGA EuroPro Tour event.

Benson’s total of 64 (-6) on the second day of the Motocaddy Masters at Bovey Castle, Devon, was the lowest score by any player in the three events of the 2011 Tour so far.

His flawless round included birdies at the second, fourth, sixth, tenth, 12th and 18th and propelled Benson, who plays out of the Leighton Buzzard club in Bedfordshire, to an overall score of -7 with one day remaining.

He is joined on -7 by Dale Marmion (Eaton, Cheshire, pictured), who ended with a strong finish after a wobble earlier in the round.

“I’m tied for the lead and had it at -9 through 12 but then made three consecutive bogeys but finished solid and looking forward to tomorrow,” said Marmion.

Graeme Clark is in contention for his first EuroPro Tour victory in 22 months as he is one shot behind Benson and Marmion on -6.

Doncaster-based Clark finished top of the Tour Order of Merit in 2007 and last won an event on the Tour in August 2009 when he triumphed at Marriott Tudor Park in Kent.

He began the second day in Devon in tied fifth place after an opening round of 66 (-4) and followed that with a score of 68 (-2) on Thursday.

At one stage on the second day he had a three-shot advantage but bogeys at the 13th and 18th saw him lose the lead.

Adam Hodkinson also lies on -6 after he recorded his second successive score of 67 (-3), which included birdies at the first and last holes.

Nick James (Wenvoe Castle, South Glamorgan) enjoyed a fine start to his second round with six birdies in his opening 13 holes, although a double bogey on the par-three 17th could come back to haunt him and he starts the final day on -5.

There were mixed fortunes for the four players who started the day in joint first position. James Maw (Hallowes, Derbyshire) went round in 70 to stay on -5, James Webber (Regiment Way Golf Centre, Essex) was two-over for the day, Alex Belt (The De Vere Club) collected a 71 (+1) despite three bogeys at the end, while John Spagnuolo (The Hertfordshire) ended well with an eagle in his effort of 73 (+3).

The top 50 players plus ties have advanced into Friday’s final round and the champion will collect the £10,000 top prize.

This is the third event of the season and the leading five players at the end of the campaign will advance to next season’s Challenge Tour and be one step away from playing alongside Europe’s elite.

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