English pair lead weather-hit Carris Tophy on seven-under
English players Angus Flanagan and Kristian Tannum Donaldson share the lead on seven-under par in the weather-interrupted second round of the Carris Trophy at Hunstanton on the Norfolk coast.
Thunder and lightning at the end of a day of scorching sunshine and strong winds forced play to be abandoned. Five groups still have to complete their second round and play will resume at 8am. The field will then be cut to the leading 60 players and ties and it is hoped to start the third round of the English U18 boys’ open championship at 10am.
The Nations Cup competition, played over the first 36 holes, was completed and won by England I who finished five shots ahead of Denmark I. The winning team was Toby Briggs of Dunston Hall; Norfolk, Matty Lamb of Hexham, Northumberland; and Dan O’Loughlin of Ruddington Grange, Nottinghamshire.
The combination of sunshine and winds – which were strongest in the middle of the day – made for testing conditions, but Flanagan, pictured top, (St George’s Hill) shot four-under 68 and Tannum Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) returned 69 to top the international leaderboard.
Overnight co-leader Matias Honkala on Finland is chasing them on five-under par, after a second round 71, while Sweden’s Oscar Teiffel also scored 71 for a four-under total. His round included an eagle two on the 12th where he drove the green and holed the putt.
When play was suspended another four players were on one-under par after 36 holes: Charlie Thornton (Fulford), Dario Antonisse of the Netherlands, Jacob Skov of Denmark and Matty Lamb (Hexham)
Flanagan’s 68 was the low round of the day and he commented: “I felt pretty rough this morning after yesterday’s sun but I played really nicely and everything went the way I wanted it to.
“I felt a lot better when I was three-under after nine and I saw everyone dropping back and my name going up. I like watching the scoreboards, I want to know what I need to do.
His round included five birdies and one bogey on the 17th. “It was a good bogey because I had to get up and down from 80 yards! So I’m pretty happy,” said the 17-year-old.
Flanagan was an England U16 international and has come into this event in good form. He’s enjoying the challenge of links golf and the inventive shots it demands, remarking: “I love this course.”
Tannum Donaldson (pictured left) was co-leader after the first round and wasted no time in staking his claim to stay there after round two. He went out in the first group of the day and set the target with his 69.
He had six birdies in his round, making the most of the par fives and a hot putter. His highlight was the difficult 17th, when he hit a three-iron approach, straight into the wind, which finished inside 10ft.
“It was a lot tougher out there today,” said the 16-year-old. “The wind was much stronger and it was tricky, especially on the drives on the back nine. To keep it one-under for the back nine was probably the best I could have done.”
Honkala is another player in form, having recently won on the Finnair Junior Tour and been runner-up in both the German and the Finnish boys’ championships. His verdict on his 71 today was: “It’s good, one-under is ok. The wind was really tough today and I haven’t played in that much wind for a long time.”
He also secured an eagle on the long eight, where his three-iron approach finished with 6ft of the hole.
Stan Lewis of Chartridge Park in Buckinghamshire hit the shot of the day with a hole-in-one on the 167-yard par three 7th where he hit a wedge with the wind behind.
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