PEREZ AND HENRY SHARE LEAD IN GALGORM

August 18, 2018
Scotland’s Scott Henry holds a share of the lead heading into the final round of the Galgorm Resort & Spa NI Open, presented by Modest! Golf at Galgorm Castle (Photo: Matt Mackay/Presseye)

Scotland’s Scott Henry holds a share of the lead heading into the final round of the Galgorm Resort & Spa NI Open, presented by Modest! Golf at Galgorm Castle (Photo: Matt Mackay/Presseye)

Ardglass’s Cormac Sharvin drops back but is still the leading Irish player

DAY THREE REPORT: Galgorm Resort & Spa NI Open, presented by Modest! Golf
Saturday, August 18th, 2018
Courtesy of europeantour.com

Tournament: 2018 Galgorm Resort & Spa NI Open, presented by Modest! Golf
Venue: Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Ballymena
Twitter/Hashtag: @galgormcastle #NIOpen
Website: niopen.golf
European Tour Highlights: 2017 NI Open

Scott Henry and Victor Perez shone brightest on a day of low scoring at Galgorm Castle and share the lead going into the final round of the Galgorm Resort and Spa NI Open, presented by Modest! Golf.

Scotland’s Henry was the first to make his move during the third round in Northern Ireland, carding eight birdies and a solitary bogey to tie the low round of the week with a 64 and set the clubhouse target at 16 under par.

Following his own sublime score of 64 yesterday, France’s Perez carried on his red-hot form into today by bagging seven birdies and dropping just one shot to sign for a 65 and join Henry at the top of the leaderboard.

With both Mark Flindt Haastrup and Stuart Manley just one shot back, Henry knows the competition will be fierce tomorrow, and with his last European Challenge Tour victory coming at the 2012 Kazakhstan Open admits another triumph this week would be special.

“It would mean a lot to win here as it feels like a home event,” he said. “It has been a long time since I won and tomorrow is going to be a long day but at least knowing that I have done it before is going to stand me in good stead.

“I knew at the start of the day that there were a lot of guys playing well. Although the weather has been tough there have been a lot of good scores so far this week, and although I wasn’t expecting 64 today I was hoping for something around that.

“When you get courses in such good condition as this you see guys holing a lot of putts, me included, and it should definitely make for an exciting day tomorrow.

“One of the juniors from the course Jamie has been on the bag for me this week. He was in the Pro-Am with me and he has been keeping me right since then. He plays off of five and is an aspiring young golfer who is only 15 and has been making me feel like I need to set a good example!”

Perez, who won his first Challenge Tour title at the Challenge de España last year, believes he is in good shape to challenge for a second victory tomorrow.

“I feel like I have played well over the last couple of months,” he said. “I have been up there a couple of times and not finished how I wanted too so hopefully I can piece it together over 72 holes this week. I feel that my game is trending in the right direction and if it doesn’t happen this week then it will soon.

“Ever since the end of the first round, I shot three under on my last four holes on Thursday, it has been really, really good. I struggled a little bit with my distance control and my irons today but my driving and putting was really steady.

“You definitely have to keep up and continue to score. On this tour the guys are so good and they keep playing just as well as you are so you know that you need to keep making birdies and if you lift your foot off the pedal they will drive right past you.”

Cormac Sharvin battled for a level par 71 to remain on 10 under par, tied eighth and six off the pace. The Ardglass professional remains the leading irish player, two ahead of Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy (67) and Clandeboye’s Johnny Caldwell (71) on eight under.

-ENDS

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Scores after Round Three: (Irish players in bold)

197 V Perez (Fra) 68 64 65, S Henry (Sco) 67 66 64,
198 S Manley (Wal) 64 68 66, M Haastrup (Den) 66 66 66,
200 M Kim (Kor) 64 67 69,
201 C Hill (Sco) 66 67 68, R Kellett (Sco) 67 66 68,
203 C Sharvin (Nir) 67 65 71, C Del Moral (Esp) 70 68 65, R Saxton (Ned) 69 68 66, R Enoch (Wal) 70 67 66,
204 B Easton (RSA) 70 69 65, J Singh Brar (Eng) 69 71 64, E Ferguson (Sco) 69 66 69,
205 D Perrier (Fra) 69 71 65, D McElroy (Nir) 71 67 67, L Van Meijel (Ned) 68 66 71, J Caldwell (Nir) 68 66 71, D Stewart (Sco) 68 68 69,
206 R Finch (Eng) 65 73 68, M McGeady (Irl) 71 68 67, V Østerby (Den) 65 71 70,
207 M Armitage (Eng) 65 72 70, E España (Fra) 67 70 70, W Besseling (Ned) 69 71 67, F Laporta (Ita) 70 66 71, R De Sousa (Sui) 73 68 66,
208 J Kunzenbacher (Ger) 74 67 67, J McDonald (Sco) 70 67 71, J White (Eng) 69 70 69, M Carlsson (Swe) 67 75 66, B Stow (Eng) 67 70 71, M Gaspar (Por) 68 69 71, J Girrbach (Sui) 72 70 66, R McGowan (Eng) 68 71 69, M Schneider (Ger) 69 71 68,
209 J Vecchi Fossa (Ita) 69 73 67, I Cantero Gutierrez (Esp) 70 71 68, H Joannes (Bel) 70 71 68, R Van West (Ned) 71 70 68, A Knappe (Ger) 69 72 68, C Braeunig (Ger) 68 72 69, T Murray (Eng) 72 68 69, J Huldahl (Den) 68 73 68, C Selfridge (Nir) 72 69 68
210 M Lampert (Ger) 70 70 70, A Velasco (Esp) 73 68 69, S Hutsby (Eng) 68 72 70, S Dyson (Eng) 72 69 69, J McLeary (Sco) 70 69 71,
211 S Locke (Sco) 68 71 72, F Palson (Swe) 73 69 69, J Senior (Eng) 66 75 70, D Huizing (Ned) 68 74 69, N Møller (Den) 71 71 69, M Orrin (Eng) 68 74 69, M Galiano Aguilar (Esp) 70 71 70, S Einhaus (Ger) 71 71 69, J Doherty (Sco) 71 71 69,
212 M Schmitt (Ger) 71 71 70, R Roussel (Fra) 71 71 70, B Ritthammer (Ger) 71 70 71, B Parker (Eng) 71 67 74, N Kearney (Irl) 72 70 70,
213 L Ruuska (Fin) 71 69 73,
214 B Hellgren (Swe) 73 69 72, K Phelan (Irl) 72 68 74
215 C Tarren (Eng) 69 72 74, N O’Briain (Irl) 71 70 74, J Brun (Fra) 68 73 74,
216 C O’Rourke (Irl) 71 71 74, R Langasque (Fra) 69 73 74,