Grant Forrest leads Scottish Open Amateur after Weather-Delayed first round
Weather story of day one at the Scottish Open Amateur <br>(Scottish Golf Union Photo)</br>
Weather story of day one at the Scottish Open Amateur
(Scottish Golf Union Photo)

EAST LOTHIAN, Scotland (May 27, 2016) - Grant Forrest leads a cosmopolitan leaderboard at Gullane following day one of the Carrick Neill Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship, with play unable to be completed due to a lunchtime weather delay.

On a dreary day in East Lothian, with the first round curtailed for over two-and-a-half hours due to poor visibility in the mist, local lad Forrest lived up to his top- ranked status with a five-under-par 66.

Walker Cup winner Forrest, who plays out of the nearby Craigielaw club, is the leading player in the 144- man field at world amateur-ranked 28 and carded seven birdies and an eagle in his topsy-turvy round to hit the front late in the day.

Peebles’ Craig Howie, fresh from a second place finish in the equivalent Welsh event, looked set to lead after the former Scottish Boys champion posted a 67, only for Forrest to edge ahead in the 72-hole event with his score recorded shortly after 8:30 p.m.

A five-strong group of players sit on thee-under par, all from different countries, as a global field savor the test around Gullane No 1, last year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open venue.

England’s William Enefer, Charlie Dann from Australia, Pierre Junior Verlaar (Netherlands) and Welsh pair Adam Wilson and Owen Edwards are all sitting in a share of third spot.

Australian Amateur champion Connor Syme is well- placed after a 70, achieved in the hardest rainy conditions at the start of the day, and he explained the challenge.

The Drumoig player said: “It was brutal this morning. It was really misty and it was the rain that gets you soaked. It was a grind from the start.

“But the greens are immaculate and I felt there was a score out there as there are birdies chances. I hit a drive and pitching wedge for eagle into the par-5 12th such was the wind, but on another par-5 I couldn’t get up in two into the wind.”

Nairn teenager Sandy Scott is among a nine-player group on two under par, with a number of first rounds to be completed on Saturday morning.

Results For Scottish Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship
1AustraliaCameron JohnAustralia100071-67-63-68=269
T2IrelandStuart GrehanIreland70071-69-67-66=273
T2ScotlandGrant ForrestScotland70066-69-68-70=273
4ScotlandCraig HowieScotland50067-73-65-69=274
5ScotlandConnor SymeScotland50070-71-65-69=275

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ABOUT THE Scottish Open Amateur Stroke Play

The Scottish Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship is open to Male Amateur Golfers of all Nationalities. 72-hole stroke play championship.

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