ROSS Kellett carded the best round of his professional career, a nine-under-par 63, to move into the lead when the first round wrapped up on the second day of the Norwegian Challenge following an overnight rain delay at Losby Golf Club.
“I’m not sure where that round has come from,” said the 25-year-old Motherwell man, who has missed the cut in his last five tournaments. “I feel like a good week could turn my season around, whether it’s this week or in the next few weeks.
“If I can keep believing in it, my season can change in a heartbeat. At the start coming to this tour, it was all new to me and I thought, ‘These guys are good’. But I feel like I can compete here and today gave me a bit more belief that I can shoot these numbers out here.”
Meanwhile, Dave Coupland beat Sebastian Garcia Grout in a play-off to win the MarHall.com Scottish Classic on the 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour. Both finished the week 11-under-par to force the play-off on the 18th.
Coupland and Garcia would have been joined on the extra hole by James Maw (Abbeydale) had he not bogeyed the last to end ten-under. Maw finished tied third on ten under alongside Craigielaw’s Shaun McAllister, who was left to rue a two-stroke penalty on the seventh. He removed a leaf from a bunker before playing his shot, turning a birdie into a bogey.
l Lauren Whyte (St Regulus) achieved a hole-in-one with a 9-iron at the 140-yard third hole in the morning foursomes at St Annes Old Links as Scotland lost 5-4 to Wales to finish as wooden spoonists in the Girls Home Internationals.
l American George Zahringer posted a final-round 74 for a one-shot victory in the Seniors Open Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen. The 60-year-old had set out one shot behind Garth McGimpsey and Patrick Tallent but his five-over 218 total was good enough to finish one ahead of Tom Brandes.