Bowie leads Open qualifiers at Goswick
Goswick Golf Club at Berwick was the venue for The Open Regional Qualifying on Monday, when 54 players teed off over the links course in the race for Carnoustie.
The course was in magnificent condition and the weather also played its part with glorious sunshine and rising temperatures.
There were seven qualifying places up for grabs and it was William Bowie, an amateur from Workington, who headed the field with a four under par round of 68, which out him two shots ahead of his nearest challengers.
There were two players on 70 – Simon Fairburn, from Torwoodlee, and Jonathan Porteous, from Craigielaw – who also qualified, while there were five players on one under 71, four of whom qualified.
They were Stuart Blair, from Royal Musselburgh; Jack Ainscough, from Hartlepool; Mathew Webb, from Bedlingtonshire; and Neil Henderson, from the Renaissance Club.
Alastair Rogers, from Grange, also shot 71 and is first reserve, with other reserve slots going to Daniel Kay, of the Renaissance Club; Gavin Nesbit, of Boldon; Jonathon Richardson, of Hexham; James Dick, of Duddingston; and Martyn Jobling, of Morpeth.
The field also included players from Germany, the USA and Argentina and the only local player was Sean Jackson, of the Magdalene Fields in Berwick, who shot a three over par 75.
This year’s 147th Open Championship will be held at Carnoustie from July 19-22. Qualifying results can be found at www.theopen.com