Roger’s golf was superb on the outward nine. He carded three birdies and six pars for a three under 33, while James struggled to keep pace with an even par score of 36.
Although James pocketed five birdies in the first ten holes, his wayward ball striking cost him a double bogey at the 2nd hole and three more bogeys in that ten hole stretch. Roger, on the other hand, suffered only one bogey in his round of two under par, 70. This came at the 12th which he three putted.
James’ troubles continued on the back nine. Despite his prodigious length off the tee, he failed to birdie any of the three par 5’s on his way to a two over par score of 38.
The final scores were –
Roger Beale 70
James Johnson 74
The match continues today at Royal Westmoreland. The tee time is 1:20.