Jamie McLeary out to show he’s a cut above

Jamie McLeary. Picture Neil Hanna

Jamie McLeary. Picture Neil Hanna

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BONNYRIGG-BASED Jamie McLeary today set out aiming to make it two cuts in a row at the start of his European Tour career.

He was lying just outside the top 30 after an opening one-under 71 in the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

“I’m managing to get the ball round the course even though I’m not hitting it particularly well,” said McLeary, who picked up his first cheque in last week’s South African Open.

The event is being played at Leopard Creek, which sits on the southern border of Kruger National Park, and McLeary went on a safari earlier in the week with some fellow players,

“It was amazing,” he said. “Getting to ride an elephant was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I didn’t want to pass up. We also got to feed them and play football. It was a surreal experience.”

Meanwhile, North Berwick’s Neil Henderson warmed up for his Alps Tour test in a fortnight’s time by winning on the 1836 Tour at West Lancs.

“I had five birdies and two bogeys for a three-under 69. It was a good confidence booster before going to Spain,” he said.“There were 27 teams and some good players, including Marcus Armitage and Jamie Howarth, both of whom won won on the EuroPro Tour this year.”