Four share the lead after thrilling first day in Devon

Four share the lead after thrilling first day in Devon

June 15th, 2011

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Four players share the lead after a thrilling opening day in the latest event on the PGA EuroPro Tour.

The Motocaddy Masters at Bovey Castle in Devon is the third competition of the season and Alex Belt (pictured), James Webber, James Maw and John Spagnuolo are all tied first after shooting rounds of 65 (-5).

Yorkshire-based Belt (The De Vere Club) was the first to secure his score after he bogeyed the second but then made birdies at the fourth, eighth, ninth, 14th, 17th and 18th.

Webber (Regiment Way Golf Centre, Essex) only turned professional last year and is heading for his best ever performance on the EuroPro Tour.

His previous highest finish came at Galgorm Castle, Ballymena last June when he finished tied 12th but six birdies and a bogey left him in contention for the £10,000 top prize in Devon.

Maw (Hallowes, Derbyshire) is the third man to be on -5 after a round that included back-to-back birdies on the second and third holes.

Spagnuolo (The Hertfordshire) enjoyed a flawless round as birdies at the second, fourth, seventh, ninth and last ensured his share of the lead.

Dale Marmion (Eaton, Cheshire) had never played a tournament at Bovey Castle before but is one of a number of players a further shot behind the leading quartet.

Marmion’s round included four successive birdies but a double bogey seven at the par-five 12th denied him a first day lead.

“I played great and had seven birdies through my first nine holes but threw a double down 12 and then seven straight pars,” said Marmion.

Steve Surry (Cumberwell Park, Wiltshire) joined Marmion on -4 and was satisfied with his day’s work.

“It was a decent start,” added Surry. “A couple of loose shots and putts but pretty pleased in general.”

Martin LeMesurier (South Winchester, Hampshire) and Ben Jones (Betchwork Park, Surrey) also ended the day on four-under as did Doncaster-based Graeme Clark, a runner-up earlier this month at Burhill, after birdies at his first four holes.

Adam Hodkinson had been an early clubhouse leader, although his day ended badly with a bogey at the last in his round of 67 (-3).

He was soon joined on -3 by Charlie Lidyard (Leatherhead, Surrey) who shot a mixed bag that included an eagle, seven birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey.

Matchroom Sport produce a two-hour highlights programme from each EuroPro Tour event and the Bovey Castle action will be shown on Sky Sports on Wednesday, June 29.

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