Published: 07/06/2017 10:52 - Updated: 07/06/2017 10:58

Moray flooding delays Northern Open golf

FLOODING at Moray Golf Club has delayed the start of the Northern Open second round.

Louis Gaughan (Bathgate) battles the rain and wind at Moray Golf Club. Picture: Eric Cormack.
Louis Gaughan (Bathgate) battles the rain and wind at Moray Golf Club. Picture: Eric Cormack.

The torrential overnight rain forced staff at the Lossiemouth links to mop up the old course ahead of the second round of the Tartan Tour event.

Play is expected to resume at noon with the second round re-drawn and tee times to be issued soon.

Terrible conditions on Tuesday meant no-one in the top Scottish field at Moray finished below par.

First round scores

The round 1 leader is Paul O’Hara (North Lanarkshire), who was in good shape at three-under after 10 holes helped by birdies at the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 10th.

However fives at the par-4 11th, 13th, 14th and 18th took O’Hara back to one over as he came in with an excellent 72 given the conditions.

He leads by two shots from Louis Gaughan (Bathgate), while Forres amateur Bryan Fotheringham was Moray’s top performer with a superb 76 to tie for fifth place.

"I don’t think I’ve ever been wetter in my life, it was just horrendous," said the Forres golfer, who was four under after just six holes before the weather eventually took its toll on his score.

Fellow amateur Graham Murray did Moray Golf Club proud with a 78, matching the score of reigning Northern Open champ Greig Hutcheon and top Tartan Tour performer Paul McKechnie.

Elgin pro Michael McAllan and Rodger Clarke from the Golf Dedication centre at Covesea were just a shot further back, tied for 17th after scoring 79.

That beats the scores of current tour leader Scott Henderson (80) and former European Tour players Alastair Forsyth (82) and Stephen McAllister (83).

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