Consistant Whitnell Takes A Slender Lead At Burhill

Consistant Whitnell Takes A Slender Lead At Burhill

June 9th, 2012

Dale Whitnell hit a solid round of 70 during windy conditions at Burhill Golf Club in Surrey to climb to the summit of the leaderboard with an overall score of three-under-par after the second day of play in the Kerry London PGA EuroPro Tour on Saturday.

But the leader will be wary going into the final day tomorrow as, one shot behind him, lie Alex Belt (The De Vere Club), Paul Reed (Bristol & Clifton Golf Club) and Steve Uzzell (Hornsea Golf Club) on two-below-par totals.

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Whitnell (Five Lakes), who had recorded a round of 71 yesterday, started on the back-nine and had a bad opening, bogeying the par-four tenth. But he more than made up for it by hitting four birdies on the eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth and fifteenth holes only dropping a shot on the par-three eighteenth.

The lead was sealed with an evens front-nine finish, but it almost wasn’t. After birdying the par-five second Whitnell then bogeyed with a six on the fifth, and a four on the par-three eighth. But he kept his nerve on his last hole marking a three on the par-four-ninth.

Belt, like Whitnell, also had contrasting fortunes on his front and back nines. He bogeyed the par-three fourth and the par-four seventh holes which, with a single birdie on the fifth, left him one over for the round halfway through. Birdies on the tenth, eleventh, thirteenth and last holes hauled him to a shot off the top of the leaderboard and in an excellent position going into Sunday.

Paul Reed, winner of the Ulster Bank Open last week, had an indifferent first ten holes with a birdie on the fifth and bogeying the fourth and the tenth. But birdies on the eleventh, twelfth, fourteenth and eighteenth holes secured his high finish.

Steve Uzzell made it into second with a well-played 70 which started with four birdies on the first, second, third and fifth holes. But they were followed by fives on the par-four sixth and seventh. A birdie three on the ninth was cancelled out by a double-bogey six the very next hole. Seven pars followed with a solitary three on the par-four sixteenth.

Lee Clarke (Everbuild Building Products) and James Maw (Abbydale Golf Club) are tied in fifth a further stroke behind on one-under. Both started on the back nine and are not badly placed going into what will surely be a dramatic final day.

Clarke shot an impressive four-under-par 68 which included seven birdies. But for a double bogey on his last hole of the day, the par-four ninth, he would be better placed. Maw also carded a double bogey, the par-five second, but six birdies helped him to a two-under-par 70 keeping him in touching distance of the top.

Meanwhile, six players sit tied in seventh place on evens, including overnight leader Darryn Lloyd who had a day to forget carding a round of 76. The South African (Acrabuild Ltd/W.Ash & Sons), who had lead the field by two strokes, suffered a double bogey on the seventh and then again on the tenth, recording a single bogey in between on the eighth. He finished with more bogeys on the last two holes leaving him with an even total.

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