Philip in form as Scotland grab fifth
PETERHEAD’S Philip McLean helped Scotland earn a share of fifth place on the opening day of the European Nations Championship at Sotogrande in Spain.
McLean carded a twounder 70 and was aided by fine three-under par 69 from Colville Park’s Ross Kellett.
South African Amateur Champion Michael Stewart’s three-over par 75 was the other counting card, leaving the Scots on 214 on day one, t hree shots behind leaders France.
Last year’s Lytham Trophy runner-up Kris Nicol, of Fraserburgh, will be looking to improve on his opening round of 79, which was discarded with three best scores counting.
Julien Brun led the French charge with a 68, supported by Eisenhower Trophy winning team-mate Alexander Levy’s 70 and Clement Sordet’s level par 72.
Spain sit one shot back in a share of second place alongside Ireland and Austria, while Germany joined Scotland in fifth, thanks to a superb sevenunder par 65 from Marcel Schneider.