International Team Championships 2009 - Round 2

Source: The PGAs of Europe Once again, Wales are mix the mix for the International Team Championships at Roda. Keep up to date with all the news and scores on the official PGAs of Europe website.


Round 2 - Welsh Dragons Turn Up the Heat on England’s St George.

Wales turned up the heat in the Spanish sunshine to cut England’s lead to two strokes after the second round of the PGAs of Europe International Team Championship at Roda.

England began the second day at the PGA-branded course in Murcia six strokes clear of Wales, who were joint-second alongside Belgium, the United Arab Emirates and Ireland, the defending champions.

Jason Powell led the way for Wales by firing a four-under par 68 while team-mates Andrew Barnett and James Lee both finished under par, carding rounds of 70 and 71 respectively.

With the two best scores counting, Wales reached the halfway stage six-under-par and hot on England’s collective heels.

“They laid down a challenge in the first round and we responded,” said Powell, PGA professional at Hinckley Golf Club, England.

It could have a different story, however, had Powell failed to get his game back on track after a hit and miss start.

“I began with a birdie and followed up with two bogeys but settled down after that,” he added. “The conditions were easier than they had been on day one because the strong wind had died down and the pin positions were more favourable.”

England’s Paul Simpson, who had made light of that wind by posting a six-under-par 66, carded one-under, likewise team-mate Jeremy Robinson as the overnight leaders closed on nine-under.

Wales’s achievement in reducing England’s daunting advantage will have encouraged France and Holland, who share third place on three-under, as well as Switzerland and Finland, a shot further back in joint-fifth.

Bertramd Cornut and Francois Lamare, who carded three-under and two-under respectively, kept France in the hunt while Joost Steenkamer and Mark Reynolds, both two-under, followed suit for the Dutch.

Meanwhile, Switzerland kept in touch thanks to James Johnson returning the best score of the day and equalling the tournament’s best - six-under-par 66.

Johnson served notice of the fireworks to come with an eagle at the par-five 433-yard first and followed up with five birdies and one bogey.

Source: The PGAs of Europe

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