Brooks closing in on Bovey Castle victory

Brooks closing in on Bovey Castle victory

June 17th, 2009

Daniel Brooks has opened up a four shot lead at ten under par ahead of the final round of the PGA EuroPro Tour’s Sureshot GPS International Open at Bovey Castle in Devon.

Brooks (Mill Hill – pictured) began his second round at seven under par after an opening round 63 without a dropped shot and the 22 year-old continued that good scoring, moving to nine under par after his front nine. Two further birdies at the start of the back nine took Brooks to 11 under, before his first bogey of the opening rounds came out the 16th to post 67 and a commanding four shot lead.

Brooks lead overnight with Carlos Balmaseda but the Spaniard had an awful start to his second round with a treble-bogey seven on the first followed by four more bogeys and a double bogey at the ninth to decimate his efforts on Tuesday and move to two over. Birdies at the 12th and 13th saw the 37 year-old regain parity, but another bogey at the 16th meant he ended eight over for the day and one over for the tournament.

Matthew Evans (Rotherham) and Tom Haylock (Ground Construction Ltd) are the closest challengers to the leader ahead of Thursday’s final round with both men finishing with back to back birdies – Evans ending with a 65 and Haylock with 69 to both end on six under. Peter Appleyard (Read Group) also bagged a 65 to move to five under for the tournament, where he is joined by Nicky Harris (Whitefield GC) and Jamie Elson (Forum Financial Associates) – Harris shooting a 68 and Elson a 69.

Order of Merit leader Steve Surry (Cumberwell Park) gained a stroke from his overnight position at three under to join Neil Walker (Special Steel Group) at four under.

58 players made the cut at four over and the final round of the Sureshot GPS International Open begins at 8am, with the leading pair of Brooks and Evans teeing off at 12.30pm. To follow the live scoring of the final round click on the Score Updates link on the homepage.

Date Posted: 17/06/09, 9pm

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