Woolgar extends lead at Frilford Heath

Woolgar extends lead at Frilford Heath

July 19th, 2012

George Woolgar holds a two-shot lead over Martin Sell ahead of the final 18 holes of the Buildbase Open at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire.

Paul Reed and George Cowan are four shots off the lead with Dan Gavins fifth on five under par in the PGA EuroPro Tour event.

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Woolgar (Capitalservices) began the day with a one-shot lead over Sell and made a confident start from the tenth tee with back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12. The Englishman made a third birdie at the 14th and added two more to his card at the first and second.

The par-three third was negotiated in two strokes by Woolgar but he double bogeyed the following hole before clawing a shot back with a birdie four at six. That took him to 11 under par for the tournament but a bogey at the eighth, his penultimate hole, forced him back one shot and he signed for a second-round 68.

Sell (Wrag Barn Golf Club) began his day just over half an hour after Woolgar, and teeing off at hole one he made the first of five birdies with a four at the second. Birdies at six and seven further enhanced his score, which had been five under par after Wednesday’s first 18 holes.

Coming home Sell dropped shots at 11 and 13 but redeemed himself with birdies at 15 and 18 to sign for a 69 and take his total score to eight under par, two shots behind leader Woolgar. The pair tee off at 12:04pm on Friday.

Cowan (Westerhope Golf Club) and Reed (Bristol & Clifton Golf Club) tee off in the group behind the leaders and share third place on six under par, four shots behind Woolgar.

It is unlikely that Reed will need to win the Buildbase Open to go top of the Tour Order of Merit but he will need to finish high up the leaderboard and is well placed to do so after shooting his second 69 of the event.

He started on the tenth tee and made seven pars before registering consecutive birdies at 17, 18 and the first. His fourth and final par breaker came at the fifth but a bogey five at the seventh saw him drop to six under par for the week.

Cowan also started on the tenth and after a two-under-par 70 on Wednesday rose up the leaderboard with a 68 on day two. Four birdies on the back nine did the trick for the Englishman, registering threes at 14, 15, 17 and 18, all of which are par fours. He would have been one stroke better off having birdied six but a bogey at nine forced him to settle for a place four shots off the lead.

Gavins (Wheatley Golf Club) added a second-round 69 to the 70 he made on Wednesday and is five shots behind Woolgar. Lee Clarke (Everbuild Building Products), Billy Fowles (Wentworth) and Mark Laskey (Brocket Hall) are tied for sixth on four under par.

A cut has now been taken with all golfers who have achieved scores of 147 (three over par) or better proceeding to play a final 18 holes on Friday. Entry to the event is free for spectators and live scoring will be available on this website.

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