Harrold in position for final day EuroPro Tour charge at Wensum Valley
Sheringham's William Harrold is well-placed going into today's final round of the EuroPro Tour's Motocaddy Masters at Wensum Valley.
The 23-year-old former Gresham's pupil, who has only been a pro since the start of the year, shot a level par 72 to finish the first round in a tie for sixth place and only three shots behind leader Rika Batibasaga from Australia.
Heavy rain had caused a near four-hour delay on Wednesday afternoon and when play then had to be abandoned early the opening tournament of the 2012 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour was reduced from 54 holes to a 36-hole tournament. The cut was made at three over and 57 players will participate in the final round, which will commence at 8am today with a two-tee start.
'I played well, it was a little up and down,' said Harrold, who carded three birdies and an eagle at the par 4 13th as well as three three bogeys and a double bogey. 'I was one under through my first three which I played last night (Wednesday). When I came out this morning (Thursday) I had a couple of solid pars but hit a bit of a bad shot on six which cost me a couple of shots but other than that I played pretty well, was patient and then on the back nine I birdied 12, eagled 13 and birdied 14 to get myself to one under I then I dropped a shot on 16 to go level par.'
Harrold was certainly pleased to have dodged the worst of the weather.
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'To be honest I think my group got quite lucky with the draw; of the holes we played last night we only got wet on one hole and today we were dry. It was windy but I don't know if today's wind was as hard as yesterday's rain but I felt like we had fairly decent weather.'
Just six shots separate those who made the cut, leaving the tournament wide open.
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'It is pretty close. It is only my first year so I haven't really been in this position before so I'm not going to say I'm going to win because that would be quite a bold statement! But I have played pretty well and I'm confident of being below par for the tournament. But I don't know that the weather will do tomorrow.'
Gorleston's Alexander Holmes made the cut on three over while Weston Park's Danny Chapman fell short, scoring eight over.
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