Sheffield’s James Maw chisels out opening 68 in Aberdeen

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Sheffield’s James Maw fired a four-under-par 68 in the first round of the PGA EuroPro Tour’s Paul Lawrie Foundation Granite City Classic in Aberdeen.

He still found himself five shots off the lead despite a fine card which included five birdies and only one dropped shot, at the 13th.

First-year professional Mark Young, from Clitheroe, carded an outstanding nine-under-par 63 at Newmachar GC for a two-shot lead.

Rotherham’s David Booth, like Maw, had five birdies on his card, but also two bogeys for a 69.

Moor Allerton’s Joe Heraty was one shot further back and Scott Campbell (Hallowes) dipped one under par in a roller-coaster ride which included five birdies and four bogeys.

Moortown’s Nick McCarthy, who won the Open Regional Qualifying event over his home course on Monday, has work to do in the second round after an opening 76.

Yorkshire first-round scores: 68 – James Maw (Sheffield); 69 - David Booth (Rotherham); 70 – Joe Heraty (Moor Allerton); 71 – Scott Campbell (Hallowes); 73 - Marcus Armitage (Howley Hall), Graeme Clark (Doncaster); 74 – Steve Uzzell (Hornsea), Adam Walker (Huddersfield); 75 – Michael Skelton (Middlesbrough); 76 – Nick McCarthy (Moortown); 81 – Tom Perry (Abbeydale).