Wardrop blitzes Davenport record

DANNY Wardrop shaved two strokes off the Davenport course record when he carded a flawless seven-under-par 62 in the Cheshire & North Wales Open.

DANNY WARDROP: Seven birdies

DANNY WARDROP: Seven birdies

The strapping 31-year-old, in his second season as a PGA trainee professional at Stockport after previously competing on various circuits including the Challenge Tour, attributed his success to a “hot putter” and a recent coaching session with Withington incumbent Steve Marr.

“He’s fine-tuned my swing and it’s helped a lot,” said Wardrop who for many years was attached to Didsbury where he learned to play and achieved many regional and international honours as an amateur.

He finished five shots clear of Royal Liverpool’s Michael Jones, who won the Cheshire and North Wales Matchplay Championship at Wilmslow last week, and Matthew Tottey, from North Wales Golf Club.

Four of his seven birdies were sunk on the outward half, including three in four holes from the fifth.

“My putter was on fire,” added Wardrop whose career highlight was qualifying for the Open Championship at Turnberry in 2009.

Meanwhile, he is awaiting confirmation that his six-under score in the Manchester Alliance at Reddish Vale last week was also a record.



LEADING SCORES: 62 Danny Wardrop (Stockport); 67 Michael Jones (Royal Liverpool), Matthew Tottey (North Wales); 69 Mark Sheppard (Darland), Liam Burgess (Bramall Park); 70 Tony Stevens (Davenport), Josh Evans (High Legh Park), Peter Barber (Didsbury).


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