18th July 2017
Duncan Stewart continued his run of improved form as he enjoyed his second strong, Rolex Series, finish in as many weeks at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links. In another busy week for the MB Partners golfing stable, the Scotsman’s T55 finish provided the highlight.
Duncan was joined at the Ayrshire course by Jordan Smith and Chris Hanson as the trio looked to follow up impressive finishes at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open the week prior. Unfortunately for Chris, his participation did not extend into the weekend as a one-under par first round was undone by a round of 79 on the following day.
An eagle on the fifth in his second round helped Jordan to safely navigate the cut as he entered moving day on one-under par. Unfortunately, swirling winds and torrential rain meant scoring proved difficult on the third day. A three-over par round of 75 meant that the Aggreko-sponsored golfer headed into the final day on two-over. Dropping another two shots on the final day, Jordan ended the week placed in T58 to add more points to his Race to Dubai total.
Duncan, who is now being supported by Integro Insurance Brokers for the remainder of the season, headed into the weekend on three-under par placed inside the top-twenty. Sadly, the Scotsman had to contend with the worst of the weather on Saturday as he battled the conditions to return a score of 78. A level-par final round made it a case of what might have been for Duncan, who eventually had to settle for a T55 finish.
Competition on the Challenge Tour this week headed to Italy for the Italian Challenge which saw John Parry and Curtis Griffiths in action as Seve Benson continued his recovery from injury. Unfortunately, John endured a difficult week before departing at the halfway stage while Curtis was unlucky to miss the cut by a single shot.
Duncan Maxim, Head of Golf at MB Partners, reflected on another busy week for his stable.
“Another busy week and another fantastically run Rolex Series event in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Both Jordan and Duncan returned solid performances in testing conditions and now look forward to a well-deserved weeks break. John and Curtis are not too far away, hopefully with a week’s break for John to continue his hard work, he will come back strong at the Porsche. Curtis gets an opportunity to avenge his missed cut in Sardinia and I’m looking forward to seeing Nick Marsh continuing his good run of form back on Europro.”
Next week sees Curtis Griffiths as MB Partners sole participant at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge on the Challenge Tour while our European Tour cohort have a week off before heading to Germany in two weeks’ time for the Porsche European Open! Elsewhere, Nick Marsh and Josh-Grenville Wood are competing in The Cobra Puma Championship on the PGA EuroPro Tour while Richard Mansell is in the field for the Tillman Trophy at Knole Park.