Corsby stays in Glenmuir hunt

CHRIS Gane struck a magnificent seven-under-par to hoist himself to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship at Blairgowrie. But lurking two shots back is David Corsby.

DAVID CORSBY

DAVID CORSBY

The Fleetwood man, who this time last year has just completed his PGA foundation degree, had a flawless 68 – all of the damage coming on the front nine, including a hat-trick of birdies from the sixth.

“I just played pretty solid as I did yesterday,” he said. “It’s a nice position to be in and hopefully just play the same tomorrow and see what happens.”

Two-time Challenge Tour winner Gane admitted he rode his luck  as his 65 moved him to nine-under for the £78,000 tournament which is supported by Peugeot.

Gane (Lefthandedgolf at Silvermere), top of the South Order of Merit, made light work of the wet conditions to post what looked like a challenging target.

However, he only holds a one shot advantage over Dinnaton’s Paul Hendriksen, who fired a second successive four-under-par 68 while Canford Magna’s Paul Jones is tied with Corsby.

But it was Gane, competing in the championship for the first time after more than decade plying his trade on the European or Challenge Tours, who caught the eye.

He conjured up six birdies, a fortunate eagle at the eighth – his chip hitting the flag and dropping in, and dropped just one shot, at the sixth, for a very satisfactory round.

“I just played pretty solid as I did yesterday,” he said. “It’s a nice position to be in and hopefully just play the same tomorrow and see what happens.”

Swinton Park’s David Smith  also shot a 67 signalling his return after 18 months out of the game with a shoulder injury.

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