Dorset’s ‘Geordie boy’ Ben Stow takes lead in golf’s Brabazon Trophy at Seaton Carew

Ben Stow
Ben Stow

BEN Stow played the best golf of the Brabazon Trophy so far to take the lead in England’s strokeplay championship.

The USA-based Dorset golfer, with a dad from Newcastle, shot a five under par 68 at Seaton Carew to reach the halfway point on 137 (nine under par).

Stow took a one-stroke lead over three Celtic golfers, Scotland’s Scott Gibson and Ireland duo Stuart Grehan and Gavin Moynihan.

Joint overnight leader Tom Fox shot a one-over-par 74 earlier to fall back to four under par for the compeition.

Norway’s Sebastian Andersen, who was level with Fox overnight after a 68 on Wednesday, fared less well today, registering a 77 today to make the cut on one under par.

For Stow, it was a dream day on the Seaton links. He hit the ball so well and so far he had three eagle attempts.

The 22-year-old, who is on a golf scholarship at Kentucky University, said: “My drives and irons off the tee were really good.

“I played the par fives in four under par and I birdied the 10th, probably the hardest hole on the course, which I’m really pleased about.”

Gibson, the first player out on the course this morning at 7am, shot a 69 at the famous links.

Grehan, from Tullamore, who teed off at 840am came in with a 69 for a 141 mid-point.

Fellow Irishman, Moynihan, playing in the same group as Norway’s Andersen, carded a 70.