Forres golfer impresses at Northern Open
FORRES amateur Bryan Fotheringham is riding high on the Northern Open leaderboard at Moray Golf Club.
Sunshine followed the incessant rain at the Lossiemouth links and a delayed second round produced some much lower scoring and impressive play.
On-form North Lanarkshire golfer Paul O’Hara leads by three shots at the halfway stage, having shot a six-birdie 68 in Wednesday’s second round to move to two-under.
Moray’s best-placed is Fotheringham, who shot an impressive 69 for a three-over-par total of 145, just five behind the leader.
The Forres man wasn’t the only Moray amateur to make the cut as Moray GC’s very own Graham Murray carded a 70 for a 148 total to comfortably make the mark tied for 12th place.
There was agony for a second Lossie amateur, Jake Scott who shot a 72 but missed the cut by one shot, a fate similar to former Moray golfer Michael Patterson, who now plays at Kilmacolm.
But Elgin pro Michael McAllan also made it through with plenty to spare as his level-par 71 was enough for a 150 total, ten off the lead.
Rodger Clarke from the Golf Dedication Centre at Covesea also qualified for the last two rounds, a 73 bringing him in at 152.
O’Hara, who recently took two shots off the course record at Largs with a 61 then equalled the previous-best 63 at Bishopbriggs, is the man to catch.
He leads by three from Newmachar’s Greg McBain, while among three players on 144 are Grantown-on-Spey’s Gavin Hay, who recently played Highland League football for Rothes.
Lowest round of the day came from Marc Owenson (Gullane) who scored eight birdies in a flawless 63, some 23 shots better than his first round effort in the worst of the conditions.
Paul McKechnie, who won a Euro Pro tour event at Moray in recent years, confirmed his liking for the course by firing a 66 to move four shots behind leader O’Hara.
Current Tartan Tour leader Scott Henderson also shot 66 for a 146 total and reigning Northern Open champ Greig Hutcheon is on 149 after a 71.
The third round got underway at 7.30 on Thursday morning.
Pictures from the Northern Open in Friday's Northern Scot print edition.