Farrelly leads after first round of Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters

Craig Farrelly carded an exquisite eight-under par first round to lead by two at the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour’s Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters at Montrose Golf Links, Angus.

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Farrelly (TPS) started in ferocious form, picking up six shots in his opening six holes to hold a commanding lead before midday on the opening day in Scotland.

Despite a bogey on the 9th, the Yorkshireman managed to pick up a further two birdies on the back nine to cement a comfortable two shot lead heading into the second round.

He said: “I started off very well today, it seemed quite easy for me out there today. I gave myself plenty of scoring opportunities on the front nine which I took advantage of. However, I’ve got some bad memories on some of those holes from last year so I didn’t get ahead of myself, taking a bogey on the 9thI thought to myself ‘that’s fine’ and moved on.”

The 44-year old is no stranger to this scenario after he opened with an impressive round of 67 at Montrose in 2017 but went on to miss the cut. He said: “I learnt from last year that I can’t put too much pressure on myself on the tough holes. I know when that wind starts switching I used to think I’d have to do things differently but now I realise that actually, sometimes a bogey on those harder holes is potentially a good score.”

Farrelly’s closest rival is Daniel Owen (Cumberwell Park) who sits two shots back on six-under par.

The second round of the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters continues on Wednesday, 13thJune, after which a cut to leading 50 players and ties will be made.

Spectator entry is free throughout and live scoring can be found at europrotour.com.


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