Flooding and vandalism can’t stop Kingston

Despite delays to the first round of the KLM Open due to vandalism of the greens and flooding on the course, James Kingston shot a first round 66 for a share of third at Hilversumsche Golf Club.

Kingston was forced to stop his Thursday round at one-under through six, but the 36-year-old was undeterred, and closed out the round at four-under-par on Friday.

Vandals cut large holes into the greens, and heavy rains flooded the course, but Kingston was able to ignore the effects of the damage and currently shares third, one shot shy of leaders Simon Dyson and Marcel Siem.

On a par-70 course, Kingston carded five birdies and made his way through the front nine in 32.

The only blemish to his round was a drop on the 10th, which was caused by a stray tee shot on the par-three hole which left the Rustenburg Golf Club professional to two-putt for bogey.

Kingston played clever golf beyond the 10th, carding birdies on the two remaining par fives: the 12th and 18th, and playing out to par for a back nine of 34.

Countryman Thomas Aiken lies just above the cut line at level-par. Aiken dropped twice on the front nine before shooting consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th.

Kingston’s composure paid off, but he must remain settled to keep himself in contention come Sunday.

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