PGA of South Africa Professional, Paul Marks, secured his place at the top of the 2016 Aegean Airlines Pro-Am leaderboard heading in to Saturday’s final round with a three-under par 68 at Costa Navarino in Greece.
Another scorching day on both the Dunes and Bay Courses at Costa Navarino made for exhausting conditions, but that didn’t stop many of the Professionals from advancing their campaigns forward with a third of the field shooting sub-par rounds.
Round 01 Leader, Paul Marks, again hit the ground running in his second round with two birdies and an eagle in his opening five holes. A lone bogey on the 16th hole reduced his total to 131 (-11) maintaining his two shot advantage heading into the final round.
“I had a really nice front nine – the back nine I struggled a bit…but overall I’m really pleased,” explained Marks. “For me, just to be competitive, I’m thrilled – I’ve got no pressure and I’m going to go and enjoy myself and what happens then fine.”
Former Aegean Airlines Pro-Am Winner, Lee Rinker (PGA of America), held on to his second place spot with a three-under par 68 of his own that included an eagle, four birdies, a bogey and a double bogey,
Also playing their way into the final group was Scottish Ladies European Tour Member, Carly Booth. A solid opening four-under 67 was bolstered by a second round 66 (-5) consisting of six birdies and a bogey to join Rinker on nine-under par (133).
“I had real fun out there – it’s playing a little shorter so obviously a lot of birdie opportunities and I’ll hopefully have a strong finish,” said Booth. “We’ve had a great time so far – my team have been amazing and I’m so happy to be here with them.”
17 Professionals are under par through Round 02 making for a highly competitive climax to the 11th edition of the Pro-Am.
The Team Pro-Am competition culminated at the end of Round 02 with results being released at the Pro-Am’s Gala Dinner after the close of the final round’s play.
Round 03 brings the Professionals together on the Dunes Course for the third round of the Individual Professional event, whilst amateurs will be split across both Dunes and Bay to compete in the Aegean Cup.
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