Friday, 22 June 2001
Japan's Seiji Ebihara holds a one shot lead heading into the second round of the Palmerston Trophy over the tough new Nick Faldo course at the Palmerston Golf Resort near Berlin.

Ebihara, who has won twice already on this season's European Seniors Tour at the AIB Irish Open and the Microlease Jersey Seniors Master defied strong wind and the occasional torrential downpour to record a two under par 70 and go into the second round one shot ahead of Scotland's Bernard Gallacher, Ireland's Denis O'Sullivan and Americans, Jerry Bruner and Tommy Price.

Australians Bob Shearer and Geoff Parslow, Northern Ireland's Eddie Polland, America's David Oakley. Brazil's Priscillo Diniz, Spain's Manuel Sanchez and Italians, Alberto Croce and Silvano Locatelli all scored level par 72s to share fifth place.

Ebihara, from Chiba, Japan, who was taught to play golf by his more famous compatriot, Isao Aoki, came to Germany on a high after defeating England's Denis Durnian and Jamaica's Delroy Cambridge in last week's event in Jersey and he wasted no time moving to the top of another leadeboard with his first birdie of the day at the 518-yard 1st hole. He added three further birdies at the 13th, 14th and 15th but dropped two shots in a row at the 10th and 11th.

Gallacher, 52, has still to win on the Seniors circuit, but, judging by his recent results that elusive maiden victory might not be too far away. So far this season, he has finished tied for third place at the AIB Irish Seniors Open and in alone in third place at the Wales Seniors Open and now believes that a first win is just around the corner.

"I am very pleased with that round," he said. "It's a tough course. It's one of those courses where disaster lurks on every shot. You got to be defensive. You have to make sure that you stay out of trouble and I managed that quite nicely.

"I've had a lot of good rounds over the last few weeks but I have got to learn to be a bit more consistent," Gallacher added.

"During the last four or five tournaments I seem to have had a couple of good scores in each tournament but I have also thrown in a poor one as well and that's what I've got to stop if I am going to win."

O'Sullivan, a double winner at last year's Dan Technology Seniors Tournament of Champions and the Abu Dhabi Seniors Tour Championship, recorded three birdies but dropped his only shots of the day when he drove into a bunker and then three putted for a double bogey on the 413 yard 7th hole.

"That was a shame because that's about all I did all wrong," said the man from Cork. "I hit the ball well all day and could even have been better but for a few three putts.

"Yesterday, I scored 68 in the pro-am but I hit the ball an awful lot better today. Never mind, though, any time you score under par round here you have got to be playing well."

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