Barry Hume leads The ABC Solutions UK Championship at Wychwood Park in Crewe by one stroke at five under par after the opening round in the ninth event on the 2009 PGA EuroPro Tour.
The Scotsman (pictured) played in one of the final groups to finish the opening day, starting and finishing superbly to card 67. He charged out of the blocks with three birdies in the first four holes before dropping his first shot at the sixth. It wasn’t until the 13th that his score moved from three under, and it was an eventful run in as he birdied 13 and 14 to move four under, dropping a shot at 15 before making birdies at 16 and the last to take claim a first round lead at five under.
His closest challenger is Daniel Perrett (Clevedon GC/Purplegolf) who started on the back nine with three birdies in his first six holes to go to the turn three under par. He moved to four under with a birdie at the first before dropping his first shot of the day on the third, recovering that shot at the seventh to finish four under and sit one behind the leader.
Perrett is one stroke clear of three players ahead of the second round. Order of Merit leader Daniel Brooks leads the chasing pack tied for third at three under par, claiming his sixth birdie of the day at the last to end with a round of 69. Kevin Harper (East Devon) began on the back nine and was one over as he reached the par three 17th, where he picked up a hole-in-one to move to one under – improving that to three under with birdies at the first and second holes. James Ruebotham (Welwyn Garden City) is the third player at three under, although the 27 year-old found himself five under through 12 before a bogey then a double bogey at 13 and 14 dropped him to two under – a sixth birdie at the last hole taking him to three under.
Chris Hanson (Crosland Heath) would have joined the group at three under but bogeyed the last to head a long list of players to sit three shots behind after rounds of 70. Joining Hanson are Steven Capper (Caldy GC), Michael Collins (Mallow Golf Range), Steven Parry (Bolton), Alex Evans (Bromborough GC), Robert Hearty (Bromborough and Brackenwood), Daniel Belch (Golf Analysis Ltd), Stuart Burns and Paul Streeter (Belton Woods).
[url=http://europro.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/europro9/event/europro97/contest/1/leaderboard.htm]Click here for the full leaderboard from The ABC Solutions UK Championship[/url] – with live scoring available from the same link when the second round begins at 7.30am on Wednesday morning.
Date Posted: 11/08/09, 7.50pm