O’Hara two shots clear at Young Pros Championship



Paul O'Hara (Clydeway Golf) opened up a two-shot lead with a six-under-par 65 in the first round of the Scottish Youth Professionals' Championship at West Lothian Golf Club, Bo'ness.

O'Hara, beaten finalist in 2004, 2006 and 2009 in the Scottish amateur championship before he turned pro, had a bogey-free round, highlighted by an eagle three at the long 12th.

He also had two birdies either side of that - at the long fourth, 10th, long 14th and short 15th.

In second place is Sam McLaren (Blairgowrie) with a 67 which also included an eagle three- at the long fourth. McLaren went back to level par with a bogey at the short sixth but he got back into red figures with birdies at the eighth and 10th.

A second bogey popped up at the 13th but again McLaren replied with two birdies, at the long 14th and short 15th.

Paul Betty (Hamilton), third placed on 69, had four birdies in a row between the second and fifth, boosting his bag of sub-par figures to six at the long 14th and 18th. But bogeys at the first, sixth, seventh and 11th dragged him down.

Neil Fenwick (Dunbar) and Keir McNicoll (Gullane), two of the pre-tournament title favourites, are on 70 and 72 respectively.

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