Philip in form as Scot­land grab fifth

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - DRIVE -

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.

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