Daniel Mulligan shot a four-under par 68 to make the cut on the number at Oxfordshire’s Filford Heath Red Course, but it was a bad week for the other six Irish in the field as they fell victim to the 36-hole cut.
Mornington man Mulligan made his move on the back nine, covering the nine-holes in -4 after two bogeys and two birdies on the front side.
Three birdies on the spin from 14 through 16 was where the pivotal scoring occurred, and he now heads for the third and final round in a tie for 34th but a long way back.
Rowan Lester had been the pick of the bunch in the opening round, shooting 69 and two early birdies saw him climb as high ad fourth before a costly double-bogey on the eighth put the brakes on the Hermitage man and he’d subsequently cover the back nine in +4 to miss out by two.
Conor O’Rourke shot a 69 but it was too little, too late, and he had company outside the cut mark in the shape of Cameron Raymond, Owen Crooks, John Hickey and Jason Murphy.
Matching 67s in rounds one and two see Englishman Ollie Brimfield take a one-stroke lead into the final round, with fellow countrymen Jack South and Jordan Wrisdale in joint second place at -9.
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