Craigielaw’s Grant Forrest has moved to the top of the leaderboard after day two of the St Andrews Links Trophy, in association with Allianz, as a host of Scots chase the famous title.
The SGU Men’s Squad player, who won three times on the US college circuit this past season, moved to nine-under-par for 36 holes after his impressive 68 on the Old Course today.
University of San Diego student Forrest, Scotland’s highest-ranked amateur and the 2012 Scottish Amateur champion, holds a two-stroke lead over New Zealaner Tae Koh going into the final two rounds on the Old Course on Sunday.
Frenchman Gregoire Schoeb opened with his stunning 11-under-par 60 on the New Course yesterdat, setting a new course record, but followed it with a 79 to slip into a tie for 10th.
A strong Scottish contingent is chasing the prestigious title, last won by a home player when Lloyd Saltman was victorious in 2005.
Matthew Clark (Kilmacolm), Dunbar’s Daniel Kay and Jamie Savage, recent winner of the Irish Open Stroke Play, are all on six under par in well in the hunt.
Blairgowrie’s Bradley Neil is on four under, with Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie), who tied third at the St Andrews Links Trophy in 2012, and Kilmarnock Barassie’s Jack McDonald only a shot further back.
A total of 46 golfers made the 143 qualifying cut, with tomorrow’s action starting at 7am.
Since its inception in 1989, the St Andrews Links Trophy has attracted the world’s top amateurs, many of whom have gone on to enjoy success on the PGA and European Tours, notably Ernie Els, Lee Westwood, Trevor Immelman, Geoff Ogilvy, Padraig Harrington, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy.
The World Amateur Golf Rankings rates the St Andrews Links Trophy as one of the strongest amateur tournaments in the world, based on strength of field, and it is arguably one of the strongest outside the Amateur Championship in the UK. The event is also a key competition on the SGU’s Men’s Order of Merit.