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Evans continues his good form at Slaley Hall

Evans continues his good form at Slaley Hall

August 25th, 2010

*PLAY DELAYED BY 45 MINUTES ON DAY 2 DUE TO HEAVY FOG

MATTHEW Evans continued his fine form in the PGA EuroPro Tour as he shot the best round of the day for an early lead.

Evans, who won last week at Hever Castle in Kent, is aiming to be the first man in more than five years to win successive events.

His score of seven-under, which included an eagle at the 16th, put him in pole position on day one of the latest competition – The VEKA and Network VEKA UK Open at De Vere Slaley Hall in Northumberland.

Evans (Rotherham GC) is already guaranteed a spot on next year’s Challenge Tour but is on course to add to his prize money of more than £23,000 already won this season.

Essex golfers Dave Thomas and Ben Kerr are among those in tied second place after both shot scores of 66, six-under-par.

Kerr (Saffron Walden) enjoyed a flawless round with birdies at the fourth, eighth, ninth, 15th, 16th and 17th, while Thomas (Hanbury Manor and Braintree Golf) made five birdies, an eagle at the par-five 15th but dropped a shot at the second.

Both men have not enjoyed the best of seasons with Thomas only making the cut at three out of seven events and Kerr only playing on the final day in four out of nine tournaments.

But with £10,000 going to the winner, a victory would catapult them up the Order of Merit and in contention for a top six spot that would guarantee them a place on next season’s Challenge Tour.

Three other golfers also finished on six-under – Rob Harris (Blankney GC), James Hepworth (Ilkley GC) and James Busby (The Shropshire).

Matthew King (Toft Hotel), Jamie Abbott and Gareth Davies (Abbeydale GC) are among those on five-under but Davies could be left rueing a double bogey at the par-four sixth.

There is only one event left before the end of campaign Tour Championships in Cyprus so every pound won could prove critical.

Nick McCarthy, eighth in the money list, was left reflecting on bogeys at the 12th, 14th and 17th although he still managed to card a score of three-under.

Robert Steele, a winner at Burhill Golf Club back in May, needs to perform well on Thursday if he is to make the cut after an opening day total of one-under left him well off the pace.

The second round begins at 7.30am on Thursday and at the end of the day the top 50 plus ties will advance to the final round on Friday.

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