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Robinson closes in on making EuroPro Tour history

Robinson closes in on making EuroPro Tour history

August 26th, 2010

JAMES Robinson is on course to become the first amateur player to win an event on the PGA EuroPro Tour.

Robinson, 21, holds a two-shot lead going into the final day of The VEKA and Network VEKA UK Open at De Vere Slaley Hall in Northumberland.

This is the first EuroPro Tour event Robinson (Southport and Ainsdale) has entered after he was given a sponsors’ invite into the three-day competition.

However, as he is still currently an amateur it means he will be ineligible for the £10,000 first prize if he were to win on Friday.

Robinson reached the semi-finals of the 2007 English Amateur Championship and clinched his biggest victory last year when he won the prestigious Lytham Trophy, which led to him being picked for England.

After an opening round of 66, Robinson started Thursday’s play one shot off the lead and moved top with a round of 65, seven-under.

He could have extended his advantage further if he had not made bogeys at both the fifth and seventh holes.

James Hepworth, fifth in the Order of Merit, is one of Robinson’s closest contenders as he is on 11-under after two days, two shots behind Robinson.

Play was delayed by 45 minutes due to fog but when the conditions cleared a number of golfers enjoyed fine rounds.

Gary Wolstenholme, a winner at Stoke-by-Nayland in July, has moved into the top 20 after a second day score of four-under.

Matthew Evans (Rotherham GC) is aiming to become the first man in five years to win back-to-back tournaments and he slipped down to third despite a score of three-under.

The top 50 players plus ties at the end of the second day advance to the final round, which begins on Friday morning.

James Busby (The Shropshire) is one of the men pushing for a top six spot that would take him to next year’s Challenge Tour.

He was in tied second at the end of the opening day thanks to a score of 66 but he fell down the leaderboard with his second day score of 72.

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