Sharvin just one off the lead at halfway point in Galgorm

Bernie McGuire
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Sharvin just one off the lead at halfway point in Galgorm

Northern Ireland’s Cormac Sharvin finds himself just one shot off the pace heading into moving day at the Galgorm Resort and Spa NI Open, presented by Modest! Golf.

The Ardglass professional fired a bogey-free six-under-par round of 65 to sit in a four-way tie for 2nd, just one stroke off the lead. The 25-year-old chose to spend last week practicing at home with his coach Paul Vaughan – a decision which he feels has been vindicated by his form so far this week.
“I felt really prepared for this week,” he said. “Mentally I am in a much better place and am swinging a lot better too as I have been struggling a bit the last five weeks.
“The course was playing really nice, after the really dry spell we had this year. The fairways are still really lush and the greens are running really nice. I managed to hole a few putts today too, so that was nice.
“I kept giving myself chances and to convert two towards the end of the round is nice, but tomorrow is a new day. I just have to commit to every shot tomorrow and see where that takes me.”
Also flying the home flag is Clandeboye’s Jonathan Caldwell, who sits in a share of ninth place after a five-under-par round of 66 on day two. Having posted just one bogey over 36-holes so far this week, Caldwell finds himself just three shots behind the lead in a share of ninth spot on eight-under-par.

A total of three Northern Irish players sit inside the top-25 at the halfway stage and it’s Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy who is the third man of the group on minus-four, with the familiar trio sure to attract significant crowds when the tournament restarts at 7.20am this morning.
Of the other Irish who made the cut, Michael McGeady (-3), Kevin Phelan (-2), Chris Selfridge & Neil O’Briain (-1) and Conor O’Rourke & Niall Kearney at even par will all be hoping for significant progress on moving day.

Minkyu Kim eagled his final hole of the day to soar up a packed leaderboard and take a one-stroke lead at the halfway stage at Galgorm.
The young Korean was one shot behind a group of four players already in the clubhouse on ten-under-par, but after making a three at the par five ninth the 17-year-old rose to the top of the pile after 36 holes at Galgorm Castle.
Kim had started brightly with four birdies over his opening nine holes, and despite a double-bogey at the par three fifth, his late flourish saw him sign for a 67 and take a one-shot advantage ahead of France’s Victor Perez, Denmark’s Mark Flindt Haastrup, Wales’s Stuart Manley and home favourite Sharvin.

Having already triumphed once this season the Korean knows how to get the job done – something he believes will work in his favour this weekend.
“Today my putting was really, really good,” he said. My long game was okay but it was my short game that was the difference today.
“I holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the 16th which was my best moment from today. I nearly ruined my score on the par three fifth where I hit such a solid three iron that it went over the green – then I hit a bad approach and I three-putted.
“I went on to finish with an eagle four holes after that and because of that I am feeling very positive about tomorrow.
“I have been in this position before so I feel confident. I have won once this year already and I think that experience will help me over the weekend.”
The cut to advance to the weekend fell at even par.
Scores after Round Two:
131 M Kim (Kor) 64 67,
132 S Manley (Wal) 64 68, C Sharvin (Nir) 67 65, V Perez (Fra) 68 64, M Haastrup (Den) 66 66,
133 C Hill (Sco) 66 67, S Henry (Sco) 67 66, R Kellett (Sco) 67 66,
134 J Caldwell (Nir) 68 66, L Van Meijel (Ned) 68 66,
135 E Ferguson (Sco) 69 66,
136 D Stewart (Sco) 68 68, F Laporta (Ita) 70 66, V Østerby (Den) 65 71,
137 R Saxton (Ned) 69 68, R Enoch (Wal) 70 67, B Stow (Eng) 67 70, E España (Fra) 67 70, M Gaspar (Por) 68 69, M Armitage (Eng) 65 72, J McDonald (Sco) 70 67,
138 C Del Moral (Esp) 70 68, B Parker (Eng) 71 67, D McElroy (Nir) 71 67, R Finch (Eng) 65 73,
139 S Locke (Sco) 68 71, J White (Eng) 69 70, J McLeary (Sco) 70 69, R McGowan (Eng) 68 71, B Easton (RSA) 70 69, M McGeady (Irl) 71 68,
140 L Ruuska (Fin) 71 69, T Murray (Eng) 72 68, W Besseling (Ned) 69 71, K Phelan (Irl) 72 68, S Hutsby (Eng) 68 72, M Lampert (Ger) 70 70, D Perrier (Fra) 69 71, M Schneider (Ger) 69 71, J Singh Brar (Eng) 69 71, C Braeunig (Ger) 68 72,
141 N O’Briain (Irl) 71 70, R Van West (Ned) 71 70, C Selfridge (Nir) 72 69, R De Sousa (Sui) 73 68, A Knappe (Ger) 69 72, M Galiano Aguilar (Esp) 70 71, B Ritthammer (Ger) 71 70, A Velasco (Esp) 73 68, I Cantero Gutierrez (Esp) 70 71, H Joannes (Bel) 70 71, J Kunzenbacher (Ger) 74 67, S Dyson (Eng) 72 69, J Brun (Fra) 68 73, C Tarren (Eng) 69 72, J Senior (Eng) 66 75, J Huldahl (Den) 68 73,
142 M Schmitt (Ger) 71 71, M Orrin (Eng) 68 74, J Doherty (Sco) 71 71, J Girrbach (Sui) 72 70, J Vecchi Fossa (Ita) 69 73, F Palson (Swe) 73 69, S Einhaus (Ger) 71 71, M Carlsson (Swe) 67 75, C O’Rourke (Irl) 71 71, R Roussel (Fra) 71 71, N Møller (Den) 71 71, R Langasque (Fra) 69 73, D Huizing (Ned) 68 74, N Kearney (Irl) 72 70, B Hellgren (Swe) 73 69,
143 J Carlota (Por) 69 74, R Santos (Por) 70 73, B McCarroll (Irl) 72 71, E Johansen (Nor) 71 72, N Kimsey (Eng) 72 71, N Johansson (Swe) 69 74, C Doak (Sco) 74 69, S Matus (Cze) 73 70, M Ovesen (Den) 70 73, K Hesbois (Bel) 72 71, O Wilson (Eng) 74 69, M Hoey (Nir) 70 73,
144 R Macintyre (Sco) 76 68, S Grant (Irl) 72 72, D Foos (Ger) 75 69, S Grehan (Irl) 69 75, H Leon (Chi) 73 71, L Nemecz (Aut) 71 73, J Galbraith (Nir) 73 71, G Moynihan (Irl) 73 71, D Brown (Eng) 72 72, N Geyger (Chi) 71 73,
145 G Hurley (Irl) 77 68, L Johnston (Sco) 73 72, P McBride (Irl) 73 72, J Van Der Vaart (Ned) 73 72, M Iten (Sui) 72 73, J Sharp (Eng) 76 69, J Munro (Aus) 72 73, G Migliozzi (Ita) 71 74, L Acikalin (am) (Tur) 73 72,
146 C Feldborg Nielsen (Swe) 71 75, R Kilpatrick (Nir) 73 73, H Casey (Eng) 75 71, B Eccles (Aus) 76 70, M Madsen (Den) 75 71, B Evans (Eng) 71 75, R Sciot-Siegrist (Fra) 75 71, R McGee (Irl) 68 78, D Berna Manzanares (Esp) 71 75, J Brooks (Eng) 73 73, F Maccario (Ita) 71 75, D Law (Sco) 72 74, A Singh Brar (am) (Eng) 77 69,
147 E Di Nitto (Ita) 67 80, G Wright (Wal) 74 73,
148 R Fitzgerald (Eng) 72 76, J Erkenbeck (USA) 74 74, M Trappel (Aut) 75 73, J Sainz (Esp) 73 75, U Coussaud (Fra) 77 71, J Rutherford (Eng) 72 76, D Løkke (Den) 73 75, C Sahlstrom (Swe) 77 71, J Allan (Eng) 71 77,
149 N Grau Tomas (Esp) 75 74, A Hodkinson (Eng) 76 73, A Bernadet (Fra) 75 74, P Mejow (Ger) 73 76, P Maddy (Eng) 73 76, D Papadatos (Aus) 75 74, A Tadini (Ita) 72 77, N Marsh (Eng) 75 74, L Buijs (Bel) 75 74, R Mullarney (am) (Irl) 73 76,
150 J Adams (Eng) 73 77,
151 S Gregory (Eng) 71 80,
152 B Casey (Irl) 77 75, S Towndrow (Eng) 76 76, M Fenasse (Fra) 74 78, D Carey (Irl) 75 77, A Boasson (Isl) 78 74,
153 F Bergamaschi (Ita) 75 78, P Howard (Eng) 79 74, P Kelly (Eng) 77 76,
154 X Puig (Esp) 75 79, M Dallat (Nir) 82 72,
156 K Ventura (Nor) 76 80, Z Felder (Sui) 81 75, A Chapman (Eng) 75 81,
164 J Dillon (Irl) 84 80,
** T Tree (Eng) 71 WD, G Forrest (Sco) 81 WD, A Ahokas (Fin) 79 WD,

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