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Friday, 19 March 2010
England's David Creamer holds a slender one shot lead over Northern Ireland's David Jones heading into the final round of the Lawrence Batley Seniors tournament at Huddersfield GC.

The former international table tennis player carded a two under par 69 for a six under par total of 136 but might well have been a good deal further ahead but for a series of costly errors during the course of his round.

The highlight of Creamer's round came when he hit a seven iron straight into the hole at the 355 yard par four second. He went on to fire six birdies but also registered four bogeys and a double bogey on the 407 yard 16th hole.

"I have to admit that I am a bit annoyed with myself,” said Creamer. "I got it to eight under par after I birdied the par five 14th but a bogey on the 15th and a double bogey on the 16th brought me back towards the pack.

“The birdie at the 18th did help a bit but I still felt a left a lot of shots out there. I didn’t drive very well and that’s unusual for me,” he added.

"It was one of those rounds. I was up and down like a yo-yo. Every time I got a birdie I seemed to give it straight back again. I think I only got five or six pars out there and that's not really good enough at this level."

Creamer goes into the final round one shot ahead of Jones a 68 to his opening 69 to post five under par aggregates of 137.

One shot further back is Scotland's Mike Miller who shot 70 and England's Neil Coles who goes into the final round on three under par 139 after matching his age with a splendid 67.

It is the second time that the former Ryder Cup star has equalled his age in competition and it could have been even better had he not dropped two shots to par on the 518 yard par five fifth hole.

However, he did make up for that with two birdies going out and four coming home and might have been one shot better had he not missed from about 12 feet for an eagle at the last.

"I thought I played quite nicely," was how the modest Coles described his round. "I made a mess of the fifth but overall I drove well and putted a little bit better.

"It wasn't bad for an old lad."

Overnight leader, Alberto Croce, goes into the final round four shots behind Creamer after posting a disappointing 74. That gave him a two round aggregate of 140 and a share of fifth place with Ireland’s Denis O’Sullivan,

One shot back, on two under par 140, is a group that includes Denis Durnian, Keith MacDonald, Simon Owen and Steve Stull.

Stull started the second round in a tie for 29th place but jumped up into the top ten with a 67 that matched Coles for low round of the day.

The American who last year's Seniors Tour Qualifying School, and then claimed his first Seniors Tour title at this year’s Tobago Plantations Seniors Classic, had his driver shaft broken in transit from the States earlier in the week. He had a new one installed but it did not work as well as he had hoped during a first round of 74.

However, later that night, Stull persuaded the Seniors Tour's driving range attendant, John Collins, to swap drivers with him and it clearly had the desired effect.

"I drove beautifully all day," said the former club pro from Richland, Washington. "I hit the ball as well as I have done all season and I could have shot a lot lower but for the fact that I missed five putts from inside six or eight feet.

"But it was a good round," he added. "We're hunting again."

It turned out to be a disappointing day for the two former Ryder Cup captains in the field.

Bernard Gallacher pulled out before the round started suffering from the same neck injury that forced him to withdraw from the recent US PGA Seniors Championship at Firestone CC in Akron, Ohio.

Tony Jacklin went out hoping to build on a solid opening round of one over par 72. However, he dropped five shots to par in an opening half of 41 and never recovered thereafter.

In the end, the former Open and US Open champion recorded a five over par 76 to finish well down the field on 148.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1BEMBRIDGE, MauriceENG1821
T2STULL, SteveUSA18-4
T2COLES, NeilENG18-4
T2CREAMER, DavidENG18-4
5O'SULLIVAN, DenisIRL18-3
6CROCE, AlbertoITA18-2
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