Round 2 of the Harburn Masters was played on Saturday and once again conditions were extremely tough for a field of 86 competitors. A cold wind and rain late in the week made it a real test for everyone. I would like to thank the greenkeeping staff again for getting the course playable, given the course was closed in part the previous day.
Again, only four players scored under 70, just 9 players in total played to par or better and 18 players posted “No Returns”.
A class scoring:
Craig Galloway took the honours in the A class with a solid level par round of 71 and puts himself in the mix near the top of the tournament leaderboard with an aggregate score of 145. Stuart Tidy, Joshua Stewart and Chris Rooney all scored one over par scores of 72. Stuart’s impressive play followed on from his previous 72 last week and that consistency takes him to pole position at the top of the leaderboard at the half way stage with a score of 144.
Four players, Craig Galloway, Callum Rarity, Brian Rice and Gordon Burns are all just one shot off the pace on 145.
The top 12 cut was made at 150 (incl ties) and incredibly only 6 shots separate the entire field – so looking like it is going to the wire on Finals weekend. It certainly is anyone’s tournament to win at this stage. Game on for the Green Jacket!
It was youngster Liam Findlay, just 15 years of age who put his seniors to the sword with a fantastic round of 65. A great achievement for Liam and although it wasn’t quite enough to get him through, feel sure this will give him loads of confidence in tournament golf going forward. Well done.
Stuart Stirling followed up last week’s 66 with yet another brilliant 66 and takes a commanding six shot lead going into the Masters Finals weekend. Top scoring again from Stuart who now has the target on his back for the rest of the field to aim at.
Thomas Kevin Armstrong is leading the chase. His impressive round of 68 follows up his previous score of 70 and he sits on 138 going into Round 3.
Three players Brian David Lee, Bob Stokes and David Russell make up the top five all sitting on a level par aggregate of 142.
The cut to 24 players was made at an aggregate score of 152.
Again, all to play for in the B&C class tournament, can Stuart’s lead be reeled in?
Round 3 and 4 take places over the weekend Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th April.
Tee times for the final two rounds will be pre-allocated in advance and will be played in reverse order of finishing position in a three ball format.
Just to add more competitive edge it is hoped to change the groupings again, for the final round based on third round aggregate scores.
Cooperation in electronic input will help with this.
All other tee times will be available for general play by the members on both days.
Prize money will be split as follows for both tournaments :-
2nd place £40
3rd Place £25
In addition there will be a Masters Trophy and a coveted Green Jacket awarded to both winners at our Presentation evening later in the season.
Furthermore, a £25 prize will be awarded in both tournaments for the player who scores the lowest net round over the finals weekend.
Thanks again to everyone who participated and good luck to all players going forward into the final rounds.