‘Surprised’ Brunton leads way at Hoylake

PGA North professionals walked in the spikemarks of the great and good when they competed in the third event in the Mansell Finishes Winter Series at Royal Liverpool where the Open Championship was staged back in July.

HAPPY: David Brunton

HAPPY: David Brunton

There were no shock winners then but on this less auspicious occasion Ringway’s David Brunton admitted that he was “surprised” to head the strong field with a three-under-par 69 because it’s been some time since his last victory.

“I’m happy with that score but I didn’t expect to win,” he said after handing in a card featuring four birdies, three on the outward half, offset by a lone bogey at the fourth.

Hot on his heels, a stroke adrift, were Fleetwood’s David Corsby, Aran Wainwright, from Mid-Yorks, and Cheshire-based Chris Sands who represents Skycaddie UK.

Despite his absence, Mossock Hall’s David Shacklady held on to his top spot in the Order of Merit at the half-way point of the series which resumes on March 10 at Formby.

 

LEADING SCORES:  69 David Brunton (Ringway); 70 David Corsby (Fleetwood), Chris Sands (Skycaddie UK), Aran Wainwright (Mid-Yorks); 71 Stuart Runcie (Abergele), James Wilkinson (Brampton), Nick Ludwell (Selby), Tim Dykes (Penrith).

 

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