Fallon holds slender lead at Galgorm Castle

Fallon holds slender lead at Galgorm Castle

May 31st, 2012

Scott Fallon’s lead at the top of the Ulster Bank Open leaderboard has been cut to one shot following the second day of play in the PGA EuroPro Tour event at Galgorm Castle.

The overnight leader briefly held a six-shot lead thanks to an early tee time which he took full advantage of to put pressure on the rest of the field.

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However, Paul Reed (Bristol & Clifton Golf Club) and Paul Doherty (Vale Hotel) both responded with day-best rounds of 66 to conclude Thursday second and third respectively.

Fallon started with a bogey five at the first but immediately made up for it with a three at the par-four second.

An eagle at the third extended Fallon’s lead and he moved to 11 under par with a birdie three at the fourth. The Londoner completed the rest of the front nine to par before bogeying the 11th, a 477-yard dog-leg par four. A four on the final hole improved Fallon’s card by a further shot.

Reed hit seven birdies to make inroads on the leaderboard and his impressive 66 leaves him just one shot behind Fallon. Reed tied for seventh at Galgorm last summer and was victorious at Fota Island in County Cork the following week, helping see him finish the season seventh in the Order of Merit.

Doherty, who matched Reed’s second-round score, is two shots behind Fallen in third. The Scotsman made five birdies through seven holes from the ninth and also gained shots at two and four, both par fours. A bogey at the par-three fifth was the only stain on Doherty’s card.

Three players go into Friday’s Final Round within three shots of Fallon. James Hepworth (Ilkley Golf Club) was victorious in a play off at Galgorm two years and a Second Round 69 took his tournament score to eight under.

Level with Hepworth are Alex Belt (The De Vere Club) and George Woolgar (Capitalservices/F Ball). Belt has shot two rounds of 68 while Woolgar climbed the leaderboard with a second-round 67.

Ahead of the Final Round a cut of the top 50 plus ties has been made with all those who are level par or better through to Friday’s play.

The Final Round gets underway at 8am on Friday with the leading pair due out at 12:03pm. Entry is FREE to all spectators at Galgorm Castle.

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