Pyman forges ahead with new irons

IAIN Pyman, a long-time European Tour player who today plies his trade teaching at Waterfront Golf In Rotherham, practised what he preaches with a superb five-under-par 66 to head a big field in the PGA North Manchester Open at Marriott Worsley Park.



And he achieved it with a brand new set of Nike irons from which he had to remove the cellophane wrappers before starting his round!

They arrived at my home yesterday and I didn’t even have time to try them out,” explained the 41-year-old Yorkshireman.

“I’d never used that brand of club before but they certainly did the trick today,” he said after an eagle at the 534-yard 13th to add to his four birdies.

“When I came off the Challenge Tour last year I decided to spend the rest of my career coaching so I’d only played half-a-dozen times in the last six months,” he added.

Pyman goes into tomorrow’s second a final round a shot ahead of Stockport’s Danny Wardrop and Fleetwood’s David Corsby.

Two off the pace are his Waterfront clubmate Ben Mason, who won the De Vere Leeds Cup earlier this month and the Manchester Open two years ago, and Owston Hall’s James Freeman.

LEADERS: 66 Iain Pyman (Waterfront Golf): 67 Daniel Wardrop (Stockport), David Corsby (Fleetwood); 68 Ben Mason (Waterfront Golf), James Freeman  (Owston Hall); 69 Kieron Gaskell  (Kirkby Lonsdale), Alex Belt (Snainton Golf Centre), Michael Ramsden  (Renishaw Park), Jon Bevan  (Rhos on Sea); 70  David Green  (Dukinfield), Chris Crowder  (Lee Park),  Phillip Kelly (unatt), Stuart Runcie  (Abergele); 71  Craig Corrigan (Chilli Dip Golf Academy), David Shacklady  (Mossock Hall), Chris Crowder (Lee Park), John Wells (Snainton Golf Centre), Garry Houston (unatt),  Aaron Hodkin (Wheatley), Oliver Whiteley (Bramall Park), Richard Masters (Baildon),  Aran Wainwright  (Mid Yorkshire), Simon Edwards (Windermere).







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