New Zealand No.1 Vaughan McCall has made a promising start to the Brabazon Trophy opening with a one over par 73 at the Walton Heath Golf Club to claim a share of 12thplace.
The 20-year-old from the Gore Golf Club, who finished runner-up at the Welsh Stroke Play, will begin round two five shots back from the Irish leader Kevin Phelan.
On a day when only seven players bettered the tough par of 72, Phelan posted an impressive four-under-par 68, which leaves the 21 year old Irish international two strokes ahead of England’s James Burnett and three clear of five players, Billy Britton, Tom Wilde and Sean Towndrow from England, Frenchman Franck Daux and Alastair Jones from Wales.
It was an impressive effort from Phelan considering he had never seen the prestigious Surrey course prior to his practice round. But he appeared totally at home as he covered the back nine in 32 strokes with five birdies.
“I started slowly and lost a ball on the fifth,” he admitted. “But I was steady after that and made five birdies on the back nine.”
The other New Zealand rep in the field, Blair Riordan, started slowly with a six over par 78 leaving him in a share of 92ndplace and 10 shots off the lead of Phelan.
The Brabazon Trophy is a four round stroke play event which is contested over the over the Old Course at Walton Heath from June 28 – July 1.
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