Darryn Lloyd and Neil Fenwick share the seven-under-par lead after the first round of the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour’s Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters at Montrose Golf Links.
South African Lloyd (Stamford Maquees) made two eagles on his way to an opening-round 64 on the par-71 Medal Course while Scotland’s Fenwick (Dunbar Golf Club) made eagle two at the 5th but dropped a shot on 16 to deny himself the outright lead.
The pair are one ahead of Michael Helyard (Sanguebom Management) and Greg McBain (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) while Sheffield’s James Maw (Rockliffe Hall) and Sam Connor (Alsager Golf & Country Club), winner at Longhirst Hall earlier in the month, share fifth on five under par.
Fenwick went out in 30 with birdies at 2, 3, 6 and 8 aiding his eagle at 5. Further birdies followed at 10 and 13 before the dropped shot at 16 saw him return to seven under. Lloyd’s unblemished 64 saw him make birdies at 9, 10 and 12 as well as the two eagles.
“It is nice to come back to the roots of golf,” said Lloyd after his successful opening-18. “Links golf is where the sport started and this is the fifth oldest course in the world; it is nice to be here. There are rolling hills and undulation and I like that.
“I made pars on the first few holes and then made a two on the 5th, a par four. I hit it pretty close and rolled the putt in to get things going.
“I birdied the 9th and 10th and that got things going a bit more. I birdied the 12th and got another eagle at the 13th, so that really set the round up and I made solid pars on the way in. I am pleased with the way I played.”
The winner of this week’s 54-hole Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters will take home £10,000 from a £50,000 prize fund. A cut to the leading 50 players and ties will be made after Wednesday’s second round and the final round will be filmed for a two-hour highlights package to air on Sky Sports on Tuesday, July 14.
Spectator entry is free throughout the week and live scoring can be found at www.europrotour.com