Dylan Shaw-Radford played one of the rounds of his life to storm into the lead at the halfway stage of the Carris Trophy.
The Huddersfield golfer’s seven-under par score of 65 at Silloth on Solway drew widespread praise from appreciative players and knowledgeable members alike.
The round of the championship elevated Shaw-Radford from a position in the pack to the head of the field with a 36-hole total of -9 (70, 65).
Shaw-Radford leads by one from South Africa’s Jack Buchanan (-8) and is three shots clear of Scotland’s Niall Shiels Donegan (-6).
Italy’s Filippo Ponzano (-5) and Switzerland’s Marc Keller (-4) are also handily placed in the upper echelons of a truly international leaderboard.
Shaw-Radford’s stunning round was all the more impressive given the conditions – both underfoot and overhead.
After the recent dry spell, the Silloth links are bone hard and the greens fast-paced and for most of the afternoon a stiff breeze swirled around this beautiful corner of Cumbria.
Not that this wicked combination seemed to upset Shaw-Radford.
Four birdies on his front nine, including a pair of twos at the sixth and ninth holes, saw him rocket up the rankings.
A dropped shot at the 11th was a minor blip and allowed his character to shine through – that bogey followed up by three birdies in a row.
Another shot was picked up at the par five, 17th hole and gave Shaw-Radford the lead on his own.
He was naturally thrilled to bank his score and move on to what promises to be an exciting final two rounds.
He said: “I’m obviously pretty happy with it, I played nicely all day and had just the one bogey.
“I don’t know if I was expecting 65 – I was able to manage the wind on a few holes and that got me in good positions.
“I feel fairly in control of my game but I might do a bit more work on the range tonight to get a bit better.
“It would mean a lot to win this, playing against the best in England and from across Europe.”
The third round will see Shaw-Radford paired up with Buchanan – the kid from Cape Town once again showcasing his skills with a round of 70 after opening with a 66.
In many ways, the second round was every bit as good as the first even though the numbers suggest otherwise.
Buchanan said: “I found it much tougher than the first day, but I still found myself in control of my game.
“I haven’t played in wind recently as we don’t get the breezes during the winter months in Cape Town.
“I spent time on the range yesterday playing in the wind to prepare myself and it definitely helped during my second round.
“I dropped two shots not because of the wind, because of poor chips from the fringes of two par threes.
“The greens are long and narrow so if you miss left or right it can be difficult to make a score.
“But I’m happy with my game and how I’m playing and looking forward to the next two days.”
For the second day in a row, there was a hole-in-one to celebrate. After Jack Lee’s ace on day one, Blairgowrie’s Cormac Sharpe (pictured above) holed his tee shot at the ninth hole using his 50 degree wedge.
- The cut fell at +5 with 61 players progressing to the final two day of competition.
- In the Nations Cup, England’s team featuring Shaw-Radford, Tyler Weaver and Josh Berry emerged triumphant ahead of Italy.
- Ben Bolton (-3) from Enville leads the way for the Hazards Salver awarded to the best golfer aged under 16.