Robinson cruises to course record

FORMER Lancashire County player James Robinson carded a course record nine-under-par 63 in the opening round of the Buildbase Open to take a two-stroke lead in PGA EuroPro Tour event at Frilford Heath.

JAMES ROBINSON

JAMES ROBINSON

The Southport & Ainsdale man began his round on the tenth tee and made five birdies on his first seven holes

Ross Kellett and Charlie Lidyard share second on seven under, while Peter Tarver-Jones, Mark Laskey and James Watts are tied for fourth on five under, four behind the leader.

Scotland’s Kellett (Kingsfield Golf Centre) had an eagle at the eighth to help him on his way to a seven-under 65, which saw six birdies and a bogey. Lidyard carded eight birdies and a bogey on the 16th, having started at ten, was the only mark on his card.Last year’s Buildbase Open winner Harry Bateman (Royal Wellington Golf Club) is seven back on two under. The New Zealander carded six birdies on his opening round but also made two bogeys and a double bogey on the par-three fifth.The Buildbase Open carries a £40,000 prize fund with the winner receiving £10,000, which is crucial money to add to the Order of Merit from which the top five at the end of the season are rewarded with Challenge Tour categories for 2015.The 54-hole strokeplay sees 168 of Europe’s best young golfers competing, with a cut to the top 50 players and ties to be made after the second round tomorrow.

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