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Record man Evans and Stow set for head to head shoot out

27th June 2014

Record man Evans and Stow set for head-to-head shoot-out 

The cream came to the top on day two of the Brabazon Trophy with England international colleagues Ben Stow and Ryan Evans sharing the halfway lead on nine-under-par 137, three shots clear of the rest of the field.

Ryan Evans (image copyright Leaderboard Photography)

When Stow returned 68 to go with his opening 69 it looked as if he would be out on his own. But Evans had other ideas and his bogey-free 66, seven under par, a record for the extended course, saw him catch his England team-mate.

Evans (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) was out in 30, the best of the championship, with five birdies and collected two more coming home despite the course growing drier by the minute after a second day of sunshine. “It's what I should have done yesterday but I didn't hole any putts,” said Evans.

“I changed my putter last night and also changed my thought process. I was trying too hard and today I took it as a gentle game of golf. “If I like a course I usually play well and I like it here. It's rewarding if you play well but punishes you if you don't. But it is firming up so it will be interesting for the next couple of days.”

Course management was also a key ingredient in Evans' game. He only used his driver twice and relied mostly on his two-iron. “Position off the tee is the key,” he confirmed.

Tomorrow he will be off last with Stow. “Ben is a good friend and colleague but tomorrow is all about business,” he added.

Stow, back from college in the United States, had six birdies in his 68 including all four par fives and, in contrast to Evans, relied a lot on his driver. He also felt his game has benefitted from his American experience.

“It's definitely improved my long game,” he admitted. “If you don't hit it straight over there you can't score. It's also improved my putting which enabled me to birdie all the par fives.

“I played really solidly today. With the firmness of the greens, the emphasis was on wedge play and I hit it really close. But there was nothing spectacular. I've only had one bogey in 36 holes but I've used my length to advantage.”

The England pair have a clear cushion over their rivals but with two rounds to play there is a lot of golf to be played.

Their closest rival is Scotland's Daniel Young, who fired a second successive 70. He was on the back foot after a double-bogey seven at the second but replied with an eagle and four birdies.

More Celts are among those a further shot back with the Irish duo of Stuart Grehan and Gavin Moynihan and Scotland's Scott Gibson on 141 along with Seb Crookall-Nixon, another member of the England squad cashing in on his American college experience.

However, overnight leaders Ciaran Doherty, Tom Fox and Norway's Sebastian Mork Andersen found conditions a little trickier but are still in the hunt as are two more England men on 142, Michael Saunders and Ashley Chesters, both with 70s.

Another England man, Lancashire's Paul Howard gave himself a mountain to climb after an opening 78 but he trimmed ten strokes off that to stay alive on 146.

The cut came at 147, one over par, with exactly 60 players surviving.

The importance of players checking their cards with their partners at the end of a competition round was underlined today when two were disqualified for signing for incorrect scores.

Daniel Brown from Yorkshire signed for a three when he took four on the seventh in his round of 73, while Cheshire's Marcus Mohr met the same fate after a par four appeared on his card instead of a five in his opening round of 71. 

Results, championship images and tournament news can be found on the Brabazon Trophy webpage .  

Notes for Readers:-
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.
England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.

Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative 'Get into Golf'.

England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming 'The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.

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