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Waite in charge of Astbury Hall Classic

Waite in charge of Astbury Hall Classic

May 16th, 2013

Dan Waite remains at the top of the Astbury Hall Classic leaderboard ahead of the final round of play in the second 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour event of the season.

The Wisley golfer is six under par after two rounds of the 54-hole event and leads by one stroke to Scotland’s Elliot Saltman. James Hepworth is third on four under.

Waite, who won the season-opening Motocaddy Masters at Wensum Valley two weeks ago, shot an opening-round 66 on the Shropshire course, a par 70 for this week’s 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour event, and followed that up with a 68 on day two.

The 24-year-old began his second round on the tenth and opened with four consecutive pars. A bogey five on 14 proved only a blip and he birdied the 15th to return to four under.

Three pars completed the back nine and turning home he made back-to-back birdies at the first and second. A five on the par-four sixth pegged Waite back to five under but a birdie finish on the ninth gave him a one-stroke overnight lead ahead of the final round.

Saltman (Archerfield Links) also shot a two-under 68 on the second day to remain one behind the leader. The Scotsman negotiated his opening nine to par before birdieing the tenth. Bogeys at 13 and 14 saw him slip to two under but par breakers on the 15th, 17th and 18th mean Saltman is just one stroke behind with 18 holes to play.

Hepworth, who won his 2013 Challenge Tour card by finishing in the top five of the 2012 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour Order of Merit, is two behind Waite after shooting a three-under-par second-round 67.

The Ilkley-based golfer was one under overnight and began his second round on the tenth tee. He made birdies at 15, 17, one and two with the only blemish on his card a bogey on the par-three third to finish the day four under for his 36 holes.

Neil Fenwick (Dunbar Golf Club), James Watts (Kingsway Golf Centre) and Finland’s Janne Kaske (Kullo Golf) are tied fourth on three under par. James Robinson (Southport & Ainsdale) and Dave Coupland (Sharp Sports Golf Management) are two under. European Tour regular David Horsey (ISM) is one of 11 golfers tied ninth on one under going into the final round.

A cut to the leading 50 players plus ties has now been made. Golfers with a total score of two over par or better will play Friday’s final round, after which the winner will receive £10,000 and a brand new Motocaddy trolley. A total of 52 golfers will play the third and final round.

Spectator entry to the event is free throughout and a two-hour highlights package of The Astbury Hall Classic will be broadcast on Sky Sports on Wednesday, May 29.

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