Graham Bell shines on Day 1 at Scottish Senior Men’s Open

2017 Scottish Senior Men’s champion, Graham Bell, set the pace on the first day of this year’s Championship in glorious conditions at Luffness New Golf Club on Scotland’s golf coast. Bell, who won the event when it was held at Royal Burgess two years ago, posted a fantastic round of three-under par to top the pile after day one.

The Downfield member got off to a flying start, reaching the turn in four-under, before a mixed back nine with three bogeys and two birdies saw him sign for a 67.

It was a tougher day for defending champion Ronnie Clark of Erskine who battled hard on his way to a two-over round of 72 with Bell’s closest challengers, Michael Armstrong from Duddingston and Stephen Govenlock of Tantallon, sitting two shots adrift after the opening 18 holes.

Govenlock shared the lead briefly with Bell when he reached three-under par after 11 holes, but a pair of bogeys down the stretch saw him fall back to one-under.

Englishman Ray Hughes, who entered the week as the lowest-handicapped player in the field, will still feel he is in the hunt after a one-over par round of 71; the same score as English Senior Men’s Open champion, Ian Attoe.

The 144-strong field will play another round of strokeplay tomorrow, after which the top-60 and ties will progress to Friday’s final round.

  • View the latest scores from the Scottish Senior Men’s Open Championship here.