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Cameron shines on incredible day at Galgorm

Cameron shines on incredible day at Galgorm

June 29th, 2011

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A stunning opening round from Ross Cameron left him in pole position after the opening day of the latest PGA EuroPro Tour event.

Cameron shot 63 (-9), while Ian Ridgway also made the first hole-in-one of the season with his perfect shot at the 141-yard par-three seventh.

The Galgorm Castle Northern Ireland Open (in association with Ulster Bank) is the fifth tournament of the 2011 campaign and Scotland’s Cameron holds a three-shot lead.

His flawless round included an eagle at the ninth and birdies at the second, third, fourth, tenth, 16th, 17th and 18th.

Last week’s winner and runner-up are in the hunt for more money at Galgorm Castle as Chris Hanson (Woodsome Hall, Huddersfield), the champion at Longhirst Hall, and James Busby, second last week, are both on -6. Busby (The Shropshire) eagled the second, while Hanson’s total included three successive birdies from the seventh to ninth holes.

Order of Merit leader Graeme Clark (Doncaster) is also set for another profitable week as he joins Busby and Hanson in tied second on 66 (-6). A total of £10,000 will go to the winner and Clark, who has already pocketed more than £16,000 from the previous four events, is set to move closer to a place on next year’s Challenge Tour. Clark played at that level in 2008 and with the top five players on the money list at the end of the season advancing to that level, Clark could take a massive leap towards that target.

Ridgway ended the day on 67 (-5) but is on course for his highest finish of the season after only making the cut in one other EuroPro Tour event in 2010.

David Jones (Bushfoot, County Antrim)) is the leading golfer in the event from Northern Ireland as he is on 68 (-4), while Damian Mooney’s eagle at the last left him on 69 (-3) and well placed to qualify for the final round.

Each of the competitors will play a second round on Thursday and at the end of the day of the top 50 players plus ties will advance to last round on Friday.

The popular event at Galgorm Castle, Ballymena follows a successful tournament at the same venue last year where more than 1,000 people attended the final day.

All of the action is being recorded and a two-hour highlights package, produced by Matchroom Sport, will be broadcast on Sky Sports on July 13.

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