Brian Casey made a significant moving day saunter up the leaderboard to get within four ahead of today’s final round of The Nokia Masters.
The Headfort professional recovered from a one-over par outward nine to dial it in on the way home with four blemish-free birdies to jump inside the top-10 into a tie for 7th at nine-under.
With Casey in contention, two shots further adrift and probably with too much to do is Clandeboye’s Jonathan Caldwell and Whitehead’s John Ross Galbraith.
Caldwell fired six birdies in a roller coaster effort that added up to level par at day’s end while Galbraith found five birdies in a two-under par 70 to join his compatriot in a share of 14th at seven-under par.
Conditions proved much tougher on day two but that didn’t stop West Cliff’s Brendan McCarroll from firing a second successive 69 to move just outside the top-20 at six-under par at Mannings Heath Golf & Wine Estate.
Royal Dublin’s Niall Kearney was in grinding form to return a hard-fought 71 to move to a five-under total while Old Conna’s Neil O’Briain could only manage an even par effort to remain at minus-three.
And that’s where the 36-hole cut mark fell with Limerick’s Tim Rice (-2) and Headfort’s Joe Dillon (-1) unlucky to miss out on the final day as a whole host of Irish players bowed out of the competition.
At the top, Neil Fenwick posted a second round of 69 (-3) to hold a one-shot lead heading into Saturday’s deciding round.
Fenwick (Dunbar Golf Club) got off to a tricky start one over through his front nine before turning it around on the back with a bogey-free finish and four birdies.
Trailing one shot back is James Ross (Royal Burgess Golf Club) who carded the joint best round of the day for 65 (-7) with eight birdies to his name.
Calum Fyfe (Golfing4Life) makes it quite the Scottish affair at the top tied for third on ten under with George Mullins (Langley Park / Lewis Access), Bradley Bawden (a) (Rochford Hundred Golf Club) and Daniel Young (Kingsbarns Pro Academy).
Ryan Campbell (Falkirk Golf Club) posted a second-day score of 69 (-3) to be tied for seventh with Jack Davidson (Llanwern Golf Club), Lloyd Saltman (Renaissance Club) and James Frazer (Machynys Peninsula) who posted rounds of 66, 65 and 66 respectively.
The cut was made at -3 with fifty players and ties making the final day of action. A knock of four under for Joe Brice (SRL Limited) moved him above the cut line whilst Hugo Dobson (Woodbridge Golf Club) went three-under to also make it.
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