Scotland’s Ross Kellett took an overnight lead at the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open as 156 golfers got together for the 50th edition of the European Tour Challenge opening leg which is the most lucrative leg of the series owing to its increased prize money.
Ross played an impressive round to finish at 6-under par 65. Having teed off at 8.40am from hole one, the Scottish took an early lead after the morning session and stayed put at the helm.
He levelled hole one before posting back to back birdies in holes two and three and an eagle at the par 5 hole four. The 30-year-old dropped a shot in hole six leveling the rest for a 3 under par 33 out.
On his back nine, he posted an eagle in hole ten while birding holes 11 and 18 before dropping a shot in hole 14 for a final score of 3 under par 35 and the total of 6 under par 65.
Ross joined Colville Park Golf Club at the age of 14 and got his handicap down to 14 in his first season.
The keen football fan who supports Motherwell FC turned professional in 2012 where he secured his maiden professional victory on the Alps Tour whose exploits got him enlisted in the European Tour Challenge. The Scott is tied top with his United Kingdom counterpart, Max Orrin from England. Orrin dropped a single shot, at the par 4 hole three, in his entire 18 hole play. The Englishman birdied seven holes, levelling the rest for the final 6 under par 65 score.
The 23-year-old had an impressive amateur career and was part of the 2013 Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team.
He has in more than 15 tournaments yearly from 2014, taking part in 17 last year for a total prize money of Sh5.5million.
Tied at number three are Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland, Simon.