Monday, September 24, 2007

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Downfield’s Kenneth Hutton, pictured right, shot one of the low rounds of the Tartan Tour season – and eight-under-par 62 – to lead by four strokes at the halfway stage of the 36-hole Callaway Challenge at Lanark Golf Club today.
Hutton’s brilliant effort was one below the amateur record of 63 set by Callum Macaulay in winning the Newlands Trophy tournament recently but his card does not qualify to be regarded as a new professional course record as preferred lies were in operation.
This followed very heavy rainfall around dawn which delayed the start by half-an-hour while the greenkeeping staff removed what excess water they could from the course.
Hutton, amazingly, managed to return his great score despite being first off the tee and having the greens squeegeed in front of him as he made progress round the course.
His figures were:
OUT: 3 3 4 4 3 4 3 4 3 – 31.
IN: 3 5 3 4 3 5 3 3 2 – 31

Incredible that Hutton could go round in a slow as 62 and still have two bogeys on his scorecard – 5s at the 11th and 15th.
He had birdies at the first, second, fifth, eighth, ninth, 12th, 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th.
Hutton, originally from Muir of Ord, won three pro-ams – Scotscraig, Eastwood and Nairn Dunbar – last year but has not won any this year.
His closest challengers with one round to go are Derek McIntosh (Eldereslie) and Gordon Law (Uphall), both on four-under 66. McIntosh bogeyed three of the last four holes in an inward 34 while the last of Law’s five birdies came at the 10th before he parred the last eight holes for 33 home.
Former European Tour leading light Ronan Rafferty, playing out of Doonbeg, did not find it quite so easy as the leaders. The Irishman’s round of 76 included a double bogey 6 at the fourth, a double bogey 7 at the eighth and a triple bogey7 at the 14th.

Par 70
62 K Hutton (Downfield).
66 D McIntosh (Elderslie), G Law (Uphall).
67 S Taylor (Bothwell Castle).
68 C Nicoll (Prestwick).
69 E Cameron (Hamilton), S Gray (Hayston), C Gillies (Kingsfield), G Duncan (Westin Turnberry), C Lee (All Golf Swing Centre).
70 A Crerar (King James VI), R Valentine (Craigielaw), C Elliott (Haggs Castle), B Wallace (unatt), C Kelly (Cawder), J McCreadie (Buchanan Castle), S Robin (Kilmarnock Barassie), S Savage (Dalmuir).
71 P Wardell (Whitekirk), G Fox (West Kilbride), D Orr (East Renfrewshire). B Mason (Drumoig), G McInnes (Murcar Links), A Mackrell (Gary Michell Golf), R Cameron McDonald Ellon), M Urquhart (Inverness).
72 E Davie (Dunblane New), T Burgoyne (Gotastroms), P Wytrazek (Burntisland), S Grieve (Kings Acre), G McFarlane (Clober), R Arnott (Bishopbriggs), P Brookes (Pitreavie), J McKinnon (Irvine), A Oldcorn (Kings Acre).
73 Billy Marchbank (Auchterarder), D Robertson (Mearns Castle), D Patrick (Mortonhall), S Morrison (Glenbervie), A Erskine (Ratho Park), L Vannet (Carnoustie), J Cliff (Murrayfield), S Cairns (Westerwood), E Thomson (Largs), G Hutcheon (Peterculter).
74 S Pithie (Carluke), J Sharp (Carrick at Cameron House), N Huguet (Musselburgh), S Rettie (Royal Troon), C Doak (unatt), S Reekie (King James VI), A Hunter (Mearns Castle), P McKechnie (Braid Hills), S Catlin (Greenburn), F Mann (Musselburgh).
75 J Hedberg (Archerfield), S Gillespie (Burntisland), R Gray (Torrance House), P Jamieson (Dunblane New), A Lockhart (Ladybank), S Garrett (East Renfrewshire), A Waugh (Clydebank & Dist), L Mann (Carnoustie).
76 R Rafferty (Doonbeg), K Glen (Royal Musselburgh), J Wales (Kings Acre), J Porteous (Craigielaw), C Gordon (Edinburgh GC). H Wong (Burntisland), C Ronald (Carluke).
77 K Campbell (Machrihanish), S Lamb (Broomieknowe), S Duncan (Balbirnie Park), J Stevenson (Braehead), D Williamson (Kirkhill), A Gorman (Cluny Clays), J Erskine (Portpatrick Dunskey), C Campbell (Carnegie Club). 78 S Forbes (Deaconsbank), C McCalman (unatt), S Spence (Wellsgreen), N Colquhoun (Merchants of Edinburgh), C Boyle (Lanark).
79 P Malone (Braid Hills), C Smith (Royal Musselburgh), M King (Kingsfield), C Matheson (Falkirk Tryst), J McGhee (Turnhouse).
80 G Hardy (unatt), S Johnston (Macdonald Cardrona), A MacKenzie (Liberton), K Monaghan (Bothwell Castle).
Retired – M Loftus (Cowglen).