Moran heads Irish hopefuls at halfway point of African Amateur

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Moran heads Irish hopefuls at halfway point of African Amateur

Robert Moran (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Castle’s Robert Moran is the best placed Irishman after two rounds of the African Amateur Stroke Play after an even par second round left him just outside the top-10 at Leopard Creek Country Club.

Five Irish made the trip to Malelane with international talent Moran trading three birdies with a bogey and a double to remain at two-over par for the tournament, 11 strokes back of home favourite Casey Jarvis’ lead.

Moran sits in a tie for 11th, two strokes clear of Galway’s Liam Nolan who carded a second straight two-over 74 to sit in a tie for 16th at four-over par.

Nolan also carded three birdies but also three bogeys and a double as the undercooked Irish contingent continue to rid themselves of winter rust first time out in South Africa.

Malone’s Matthew McClean was next best after also carding three birdies, but just as many double bogeys in a four-over par 76 that leaves him in a tie for 26th at seven-over.

Bray’s Alan Fahy sits just inside the top-40 after struggling to a second round 79 that leaves him at 10-over while Carton House’s Marc Boucher completes the Irish scoring after a 78 puts him a shot behind Fahy at 11-over.

With 36-holes to play, it’s Jarvis in command after the brilliant South African talent fired nine birdies in a sizzling 65 to lead by two strokes at nine-under par from compatriot Yurav Premlall.


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