Will Hunt putts lights out at Gleneagles

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A TEENAGE amateur who only got his first handicap a year ago had his PGA pro partner marvelling in admiration as he sank eight single putts on the back nine of the Ryder Cup course to lead the Lombard Trophy at Gleneagles.

Will Hunt’s red-hot putter helped yield seven birdies in eight holes as he and Scot Albert Mackenzie stormed to the top of the leaderboard at five-under-par 67 in the 36-hole tournament which carries a first prize of £12,000 for the winning pro.

Mackenzie, head pro at Devon links course Saunton, said of his 19-year-old partner: “Will has holed four putts in the last six holes from over 12 feet. His putting is quite unbelievable for someone who genuinely plays off a 16 handicap. It is quite extraordinary.”

The duo hold a one-stroke advantage over former champion Martyn Thompson and Darren Budd from Parkstone, Ian Walley and Ian Neal from Kedleston Park and Paul Simpson and Richard Muldoon from West Berkshire, who carded 68s.

The Scottish clubs of Tain, represented by Stuart Morrison and Iain Cowper, and Prestonfield’s Gavin Cook and Kevin Wood are two and three-over respectively.