While not yet the ‘Duel in the Sun’, our golfing hopefuls having their skills tested to the limit. The wind, again from the northwest, is the key factor and the ability to use it to your advantage has been a feature in many of the result. Success in links golf is always dependent on mastering the wind and less of a ‘target game’. Front-runner Julien Brun certainly has done that with a 5 & 4 victory as have Scottish hopefuls Scott Gibson and Ewan Scott, but maybe those could draw a bit of domestic knowledge when it comes to the challenge of the wind.
Hole 14, a long par 3, is proving difficult. Very few players are hitting the green with the front bunker right being one of the ‘favourite’ spots. It is playing well over its par.
In contrast, the par 5, 16th is surrendering under the power of these prodigious boys. Highlight of the morning has been a superb eagle 3 from Dermot McElroy from Ballymena.