French duo lead way in Preston golf tourney

Grady - fell away in round two (picture - leaderboardphotography)
Grady - fell away in round two (picture - leaderboardphotography)
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French teenagers Alexandre Laslarte and Andrea Milazzo set the pace in the English boys’open championship at Preston Golf Club - but there was disappointment for Royal Lytham’s Grady Rogerson

The Lancastrian had been joint leader after day one, but he could not replicate his form of the first round when he shot a 71.

A second round 79 dropped him to a share of 13th place, but he safely made the cut.

Lasalarie, from Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, scored four-under par 68 which was the low round of the tournament so far.

He was level par for the tournament and led by one from Milazzo who scored 71, 72.

The 14-year-old had five birdies in his round, including the 17th and 18th – which took him into the lead.

The French players headed an international leaderboard.

Pedro Marin Santander of Spain went into today’s final round in third place on three-over while two Danish players shared fourth place a further shot behind,: Rasmus Bofill and Rasmus Hojgaard.

The leading English player was Dominic Clemons (Gog Magog) who was sixth on five-over, after rounds of 73 74.

He would have been much higher up the leaderboard had it not been for a triple bogey eight on the 17th.

He had played the rest of the round in level par with two birdies and two bogeys.

Three more English players were in a group sharing seventh place on six over: Nya Fraser-Lawrence (Hendon), James Ashfield (Eaton, Chester) and Conor Gough (Stoke Park).

At the end of the second round, the field was cut to the leading 70 players and ties who will play today’s final round.

A total of 71 players qualified.

There was dismay for Blackpool North Shore’s Louis Talarczyk, who missed the cut by one stroke at 17 over par.