Holman leads Australians in Azerbaijan

BY Bruce Young | 02 Aug 2014

A back nine of 30 which included two eagles propelled Ben Evans to the top of the leaderboard on the second day of the inaugural Azerbaijan Golf Challenge Open on the European Challenge Tour.

The Englishman opened with a three-putt bogey and was one over par after nine holes, but picked up six shots on his way home to sign for a round of 67 and enter the weekend on 11 under par, one shot ahead of Benjamin Hebert, who posted a stunning 62.

Evans said: “I actually played better today than I did yesterday. It took me a while to get going, but the eagle on the tenth was just the start I needed to my back nine.

“We got a bit lucky with the wind, because it dropped off at the start of the back nine, and there’s no chance of reaching the tenth in two if you’re hitting into the wind. Then it picked up towards the end of the round, when most of the holes play downwind.

The Scandinavian duo of Alexander Björk and Jeff Winther currently share third place on nine under par after carding respective rounds of 67 and 70.

The Australian challenge is led by Victorian Nathan Holman in 14th position although former Australian Daniel Gaunt is also on the same score as Holman.

Holman won a 72 hole pro-am tournament in Yeppoon last weekend before leaving for Europe and after a very good start to his professional career appears set for a successful time in the paid ranks.

He is in Europe to eventually attempt the European Tour School but has other invites lined up including next week’s event in Norway.

Kieran Pratt was the other Australian to make the cut and is two behind Holman.

133 B Evans (Eng) 66 67,
134 B Hebert (Fra) 72 62,
135 A Björk (Swe) 68 67, J Winther (Den) 65 70,
136 M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 68 68, G Lockerbie (Eng) 68 68, T Sluiter (Ned) 67 69, E Espana (Fra) 65 71,
137 J Rask (Swe) 69 68, A Marshall (Eng) 72 65, A Hortal (Esp) 69 68, M Lampert (Ger) 72 65, J Edfors (Swe) 67 70, D Kemmer (USA) 69 68,
138 J Makitalo (Fin) 69 69, G Porteous (Eng) 65 73, G Murray (Sco) 70 68, D Gaunt (Eng) 70 68, M Lafeber (Ned) 69 69, A Johnston (Eng) 66 72, N Holman (Aus) 69 69, A Snobeck (Fra) 69 69, A Velasco (Esp) 69 69, D Stewart (Sco) 71 67,
139 S Hutsby (Eng) 71 68, S Brown (Eng) 71 68,
140 W Booth (Sco) 69 71, G Boyd (Eng) 71 69, J Lando Casanova (Fra) 69 71, T Pilkadaris (Aus) 71 69,
141 L Corfield (Eng) 70 71, J Gonnet (Fra) 69 72, N Ravano (Ita) 70 71, B Chapellan (Fra) 67 74, C Bouniol (Fra) 70 71, A Rota (Ita) 70 71, A Tadini (Ita) 70 71, K Pratt (Aus) 70 71, G Cambis (Fra) 70 71,
142 B Stone (RSA) 75 67, T Lawrence (RSA) 70 72, N Lemke (Swe) 69 73, R McGee (Irl) 72 70, C Paisley (Eng) 72 70, L Nemecz (Aut) 70 72, A McArthur (Sco) 70 72, C Shinkwin (Eng) 72 70, L Gagli (Ita) 70 72, S Arnold (Aus) 71 71, M Fitzpatrick (Eng) 70 72, D Ulrich (Sui) 71 71, L Jensen (Den) 72 70, P Relecom (Bel) 71 71, S Henry (Sco) 73 69,
143 D Law (Sco) 72 71, F Praegant (Aut) 75 68, G Shaw (Nir) 72 71, C Aguilar (Esp) 69 74, A Kaleka (Fra) 71 72, P McKechnie (Sco) 72 71, D Coupland (Eng) 70 73, E Dubois (Fra) 70 73, H Joannes (Bel) 74 69, J Moul (Eng) 73 70, K Benz (Sui) 73 70, T Remkes (Ned) 73 70, C Arendell (USA) 73 70, P Dwyer (Eng) 73 70

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