England’s Ryan Evans & Ben Stow and Ireland’s Cormac Sharvin lead Brabazon Trophy


GOLF’S Brabazon Trophy has a three-way tie for the lead after a fascinating third day at Seaton Carew.

Joint overnight leaders Ryan Evans and Ben Stow, playing in the last pairing, both shot two-over-par 75s to drop from nine under to a seven under par mark of 212.

Joining them at the top of the tree was Cormac Sharvin, who played a fine round of 70 to move to 212.

Both Evans and Stow had opportunities to lead the famous championship in their own right going into the final day.

Evans, from Northamptonshire, held a one-stroke lead coming down the last.

But the 27-year-old three-putted on the 18th green to drop from eight under par to seven under.

Stow, meanwhile, played a great tee shot and an even better approach onto the green to set up a four-putter for birdie.

After seeing Evans bogey the last, the 23-year-old, from Dorset, knew a birdie would give him top spot.

But the USA-based player missed his putt to the left and his par meant he finished all sqaure on 75 with his England team-mate.

Sharvin, who started his round on four under par, made up the ground on the back nine, birdying the difficult 16th and 17th.

The 21-year-old, from Northern Ireland, did not expect to be in a share of the lead but that is exactly where he is going into the final day.

It is tight at the top, with SEVEN players in a share of fourth.

Harry Casey (68), Craig Ross (70), Michael Saunders (71), Gavin Moynihan (72), Scottt Gibson (72), Ashley Chesters (72) and Daniel Young (73) are all locked on 213.