ST ANNES Old Links assistant Charlie Beavers took a one shot lead into today’s second and final round of the James Brearley Lancashire Open at Blackpool North Shore Golf Club.
Beavers admitted local knowledge was a big advantage in the first round as stiff wind and squally showers blew several favourites off course.
“I’ve played here regularly, especially in my amateur days, so I knew where the trouble was,” said the 24-year-old trainee assistant Old Links after posting a four-under-par 67.
“I was also well prepared because I spent part of last week relaxing at Alton Towers before coming home to practise for three days.”
Blackpool-born and self-taught Beavers, who led by a shot from Welshman Andrew Barnett and Adrian Ambler from Yorkshire club Low Laithes, racked up three birdies on each loop, faltering with bogeys at the first and eighth holes.
Otherwise, he felt he had his swing under control, particularly his iron play which he described as “perfect” in the conditions in the 36-hole tournament, upgraded from county to full PGA North Region Order of Merit status three years ago.
“I read a lot about the mental side of the game,” he added, “although I still listen to advice from Gwilliam Hardiman, who is a retired pro at my club where he still practises.
Leading amateur is Reece Cransfield from Wigan public course Haigh Hall, who was in a group of five players on 70.
DETAILS: 67 Charlie Beavers (St Annes Old Links); 68 Andrew Barnett (North Wales GR), Adrian Ambler (Low Laithes); 69 Steve Parry (North West GA), David Shacklady (Mossock Hall), Matthew Tottey (North Wales); 70 Paul Walker (Knott End), Jamie Goodhall (Disley), *Reece Cransfield (Haigh Hall), Matthew Hough (Manchester), Grant Hamerton (Brookdale), Richie Marsden (Formby Hall). * denotes amateur.