Coupland hits course record

Dave Coupland.
Dave Coupland.

Dave Coupland joked that his putter was ‘on fire’ as the golfer broke the course record at Belgium’s Cleydael Golf and Country Club this week.

The 28-year-old carded an eight-under-par round of 63, including six consecutive birdies, at the Belgian Challenge Open, played near Antwerp, on Thursday.

And further rounds of 72, 67 and 66 saw the Bostonian finish in third-equal position with fellow Englishman Jason Palmer.

After collecting his cheque for 10,400 Euros, the Bostonian told europeantour.com: “I holed a few good putts today, my putter was on fire.

“I am very pleased with the way I controlled the ball.

“I knew this golf course would suit my game as I am not the longest hitter but I hit it straight. I felt very comfortable.

“I had a very steady seven holes from the start, but then just started to hole all my putts for those six birdies in a row.

“It was great to keep that momentum going for so long.”

This result leaves Coupland in 11th place in the European Challenge Tour’s rankings, some achievement considering he is in his rookie year in the event and he has only made eight starts in the competition, European golf’s second tier.

England’s William Harrold completed the four rounds in 266 shots - two fewer than Coupland - to win the event and claim the top cash prize of 25,600 Euros.

Coupland is now preparing for the Scottish Hydro Challenge, which will be held at Macdonald Spey Valley, Aviemore, from Thursday.