Hugh Foley moved up a whopping 22 places to within two shots of the lead after a rain delayed second round at the European Amateur Championship in Estonia.
Foley carded a nine-under 63 to soar into a share of fifth place on foruteen-under-par two shots behind Jose Luis Ballester Barrio and Wales’ James Ashfield.
It’s been a quiet summer so far for the Royal Dublin man but a good weekend could get his Walker Cup bid back on track given this is a key selection event and a win might squeeze his name into the Open Championship depending on other results in the elite amateur exemption race.
Foley was solid if not spectacular in a bogey free opening 67 which given Parnu Bay’s short nature at just over 6100 metres was about par for the course but he was in blistering form on day two.
The North and South of Ireland champion roared to the turn in 31 with six birdies. A seventh gain on the tenth was followed by his first bogey of the week on 11 before three birdies in his last four holes propelled him into the mix.
Kilkenny’s Mark Power moved into a share of tenth place on twelve-under-par after a second round 65.
Malone’s Matthew McClean moved up 49 places into 29th on nine-under after a 65 with Joshua Hill a shot further back after a 65 of his own.
Royal Dublin’s Max Kennedy is in a share of 40th place on eight-under-par while Galway’s Liam Nolan is -6 after an early 66.
Rob Moran is -1, while Sean Keeling and Paul Conroy are both level-par.
Jack Hearn is +3.