Richard Edginton leads the field by one stroke at four under par on the opening day of the first event on the 2009 PGA EuroPro Tour – The Michael Ward UK Open at Collingtree Park in Northampton.
Edginton (Effingham) was three under after 13 holes with an eagle and three birdies in his round before he added a fourth birdie at the last to sneak ahead of Cian McNamara and Chris Evans in second spot.
Irishman McNamara (Limerick) started his round on the back-nine with a birdie on the tenth, and went out level before birdies at the second, seventh and ninth holes contributed to a fine first round 69. Like Edginton, Evans (Stonebridge GC) eagled the ninth but had back to back birdies at 16 and 17 to thank as he joined McNamara behind the leader.
Sky Bet are the official bookmakers of the Tour for 2009 and they will be watching the progress of Simon Lilly nervously. The 2004 EuroPro Tour Order of Merit winner was a 70/1 shot for the tournament and that was a price the locals liked the look of. The Wellingborough man was backed into 33/1 joint favourite and is sitting pretty in a group of six players are two under thanks to four birdies on the front nine after starting his round on the tenth and going out two over par.
Francis McGuirk (Princes GC), Steve Surry (Cumberwell Park), Jason Levermore (Clacton-on-Sea), Chris Hanson (Crossland Heath) and Matthew Evans (Rotherham GC) join Lilly at two under par. Evans produced a fine comeback to sit just behind the pacesetters, after starting his round on the back nine with two bogeys. The Rotherham man gained a shot back with a birdie on the second before a birdie-eagle finish saw him turn his indifferent start on its head.
McGuirk also began his round at the tenth and went out at two under par, which became three under with a birdie at the first. He followed that with a double bogey on the third but his fourth birdie of the day on his final hole left him at two under. Surry’s round of 70 was a calm affair, with three birdies from the ninth following a solitary dropped shot at the eighth. Levermore managed five birdies in his 70 with a double bogey at the fifth and a bogey at 15 costing him. Hanson was one over after five but recovered well with three birdies to shoot 70.
Tony Piccolo (Woolston Manor) tops the group of eight players at one under (71), boosted by three birdies from the eleventh. Oliver Turnill (Bognor Regis GC), Paul Streeter (Belton Woods), Ismael Castillo, Michael McDermott (Team Ireland/Stagstown), Mark Ramsdale (Formby GC), Aran Wainwright (De Vere Oulton Hall) and Chris Kelly join Piccolo three shots behind Edginton.
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Date Posted: 6/05/09, 8pm