Exciting finish guaranteed at Stoke-by-Nayland

Exciting finish guaranteed at Stoke-by-Nayland

June 30th, 2010

A number of golfers are still in contention to win the latest PGA EuroPro Tour event – The Stoke-by-Nayland Championship 2010.

More than half a dozen players have hopes of winning the competition as only four shots separate the top ten going into the last day. Ireland’s Brendan McCarroll has moved to the top of the leaderboard as seven birdies inside the first 12 holes set him up for a fine second round.

Gary Wolstenholme (Carus Green GC) ended the second day on -12 as he bids for his highest finish of the season. Colchester-based Jamie Moul, 25, the pre-tournament betting favourite, is still well-placed to win the event that is being staged at his home club.

Moul enjoyed a sensational end to day one with a run of eight birdies in ten holes to have a one-shot lead at the start of day two. His performance on Wednesday was not as impressive as he went round in 69, three under par to move to 11-under for the tournament.

Ireland’s Brendan McCarroll is one of Moul’s nearest rivals as seven birdies inside the first 12 holes brought him also to the top of the leaderboard. Lawrence Dodd, who hails from Bury St Edmunds in nearby Suffolk, is also in contention for the £10,000 top prize. Dodd, 26, who also regularly plays on the Challenge Tour, sits three shots behind Moul after a score on Wednesday of five-under, including an eagle at the par-five second.

But there were mixed fortunes for other local players as Andy Shakespear (Five Lakes), Ben Kerr (Saffron Walden), Warren Bennett (Sudbury Golf Club), Jaques Engelbrecht (Stoke-by-Nayland) and Jake Wakelin (Benton Hall / Sports Academy) failed to make the cut.

Graeme Clark (Doncaster Golf Club) began the day one shot behind Moul and he started well with an eagle on the second and birdies at the fifth and sixth but dropped shots at the 11th and 12th hit his hopes.

Daniel Perrett (Clevedon Golf Club) had one of the most eventful rounds with nine birdies and four bogeys but still did enough to move up to ten-under for the tournament.

Scotland’s Craig Lee, a winner at Bovey Castle earlier in the month, has forced himself into the chasing pack with a score of six-under today.

Ian Keenan, third in the Order of Merit, is among a large group of players on seven-under.

The top 50 players and ties have qualified for the final day’s play, which takes place on Thursday

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