Jack Dyer posted a round of 64 to equal the course record at Sherwood Forest Golf Club and take top spot at the halfway stage of the Brabazon Trophy.
The Essex golfer played in the best of the day before the afternoon rains came, but his seven-under par round , including eight birdies and just one dropped shot, was admirable in any weather.
Dyer sits on eight under par at the halfway stage – one clear of Ireland’s Mark Power and two ahead of England international Sam Bairstow and Walton Heath’s Enrique Dimayuga.
Five of Dyer’s birdies arrived on the front nine as he reached the turn in 31.
Players have typically defended a score on the way home against the prevailing wind, however the 22-year-old was able to kick on and pick up shots at the 12th, 16th and 18th.
Now Dyer will have his skills as a frontrunner tested with no fewer than 19 players within four shots of his total.
“I tend not to think about it,” when asked about his qualities as a pacesetter.
“I’ve been up there in college tournaments and you lose a bit of sleep now and again.
“But most times I seem to get the job done. There’s so many guys who can do the same. I’ll play my own game and see how it goes.”
Dyer plays out of Boyce Hill in Essex and is currently at Cal State Fullerton University in America.
There was nothing Californian about the weather in Nottinghamshire this afternoon as a cool breeze and steady rain made it miserable for the later starters.
However, it didn’t faze the Englishman.
“It was nice this morning,” he added. “One of those rounds where it falls in place. I was four under through eight holes, held on and had a few birdies to finish.
“I made a nice birdie on 16. Then I got lucky at the last. Nearly hit it out of bounds, wedged it to 15 feet and rolled in the putt.
“Hopefully I can have another couple of rounds like today and see where it goes.”
Power (pictured above) only played in his first competitive event of the summer last week at the Mullingar Scratch event in his native Ireland.
But the man from Kilkenny showed little signs of rustiness with five birdies and an eagle in a round of 67 as he eased to seven under par for the championship.
“I’ve done well in boys’ amateur events and now I’m kicking on to the men’s,” said Power.
“Hopefully I’m in a position to win and we’ll see what happens.
“The aim is to keep it in play and eliminate mistakes. I’ve not had a double bogey yet and that could be key.”
England international Sam Bairstow reached the turn in one under par, but birdies at 10, 12 and an eagle at the 16th helped him post a round of 67 for a halfway total of -6.
In a disrupted season, the Yorkshireman has made the most of his time.
He added: “Lockdown was quite good for me – I focused on fitness and nutrition and then when I got back out I did a lot of practice and I feel as if I’m getting there.”
The halfway cut fell at +1 which was good news for defending champion Ben Schmidt and his playing partner for the first two days, English Amateur Champion Jack Cope, who both made it through on the number.
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