James Busby loses lead but event one is still up for grabs

James Busby loses lead but event one is still up for grabs

May 4th, 2011

James Busby has lost the lead on the second day of the first PGA EuroPro Tour event in the 2011 season – despite claiming an eagle.

Busby, who began day two with a two-shot lead in the European Championship at Wensum Valley, Norfolk, endured a mixed day.

He began on three-under but dropped shots at both the first two holes and then again at the sixth, before he claimed a birdie at the seventh. But the back nine was even more eventful as he bogeyed the 10th and hit a double bogey 6 at the par-four 12th.

However, he recovered well with an eagle at the par-five 14th but bogeyed 16 and 17, although his birdie on the last saw his round end on a high note.

Scotland’s Ed Wood, who only turned professional last month, enjoyed a fine day with a round of six-under to move into the lead in the race for the £10,000 top prize.

Glasgow-based Wood, a member of the Crow Wood Golf Club, battled through the first round of Qualifying School at Slaley Hall, Northumberland and then the Q School final at Frilford Heath Oxfordshire to earn his spot on this year’s tour.

After scoring an opening day score of four-over, Wood bogeyed the first two holes of the second round and looked to be struggling to make the cut. But he then found form with birdies at the fifth, seventh, eighth, 11th, 12th, 14th, 17th and 18th.

Martin LeMesurier began the second day on one-under, the only player other than Busby to post a score under par on Tuesday.

But Southampton-based LeMesurier, a two-time winner on the Challenge Tour, bogeyed the second and fifth and double bogeyed the eighth.

But birdies at the 14th and 18th left him level with Busby on one-over and three shots behind Wood.

Ireland’s Tim Rice is also on one-over, although he also had a horror hole with a double bogey on the second.

It was a poor day for the local players as Norwich-based Danny Chapman dropped six shots in the first nine holes, Alexander Holmes (Gorleston) dropped three shots from the ninth to 12th, while Norwich’s Matthew Green recorded three consecutive bogeys from the 9th to 11th.

Neil Lythoge (Royal Norwich) withdrew before the start of the second round after a miserable opening round of nine-over.

The top 50 players and ties at the end of the day’s play will advance to the final round on Thursday.

Each event on the PGA EuroPro Tour is produced by Matchroom Sport into a two-hour highlights programme, which will be broadcast on Sky Sports and televised around the world. The action from Wensum Valley will be shown on Sky Sports on Wednesday, May 18.

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