ONE of the favourites for the Brabazon Trophy, Ryan Evans, left the Seaton Carew course with mixed emotions after the first round of the Brabazon Trophy.
The 27-year-old England international, who represented Europe in the Sir Michael Bonalalck Trophy in India this year, is one of the fancied players at the links at Tees Road.
Round one went solidly rather than spectacularly, he Wellingborough golfer carding a two-under-par 71.
Playing partner and reigning champion, Jordan Smith, was one stroke back after a 72.
Evans, from Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, said: “I hit it great but holed nothing.
“I hit it within 10 feet seven times on the front nine but only made one birdie.
“If I keep hitting it closely they will drop eventually.
“The course felt really score-able, especially the way I was hitting it, but I just didn’t hole anything.
“It was one of them things.”