CHRIS DOAK set up a second-round meeting with the tournament host in the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay then revealed he’s got a new base in the Lothians.
The 37-year-old, who lives in Livingston, has changed his attachment from Turnhouse to Kingsfield Golf Range on the outskirts of Linlithgow.
“Robert Arkley, who owns Kingsfield, asked me if I’d like to become attached there and I jumped at the chance as it has a really good atmosphere,” said Doak after beating Englishman Anthony Wall on the last green in the first round at Murcar Links. It’s much better than standing on the range and talking to yourself so I’m excited about being attached to a place where Stevie Gallacher practices a lot and Richie Ramsay also visits quite a bit.”
Like Doak, Cockburnspath-based David Drysdale staged a spirited fightback to also book a last-32 spot in Aberdeen, beating big-hitting Belgian Thomas Pieters with a 25-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole.
“That was the only time I was up in the game,” said Drysdale, who was three down after six but now takes on former Ryder Cup player David Howell.
At Turnberry, North Berwick’s Catriona Matthew was lying joint-37th – six shots off the lead – after carding a one-under-par 71 in the first round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
“I played well but it a couple of drives into bunkers and that cost me shots,” said Matthew, who made an eagle at the third by holing a 25-foot putt. “I missed shortish putts at the eight and 17 which was disappointing.
“The breeze picked up a little during the round but I’m happy enough with the score. Anytime I’m under par in a major I’m not going to grumble.”
Late in the day, Musselburgh’s Vikki Laing signed for a 74 to sit in a tie for 93rd.
At Muirfield, the Scottish Amateur Championship reached the last eight today without any Lothians representation.
It followed Grant Forrest (Craigielaw), Callum Cochrane (Marriott Dalmahoy) and Tantallon duo Calum Hill and Chris Low all going out in either the fourth or fifth round.