Day Two – Men’s Amateur: England duo hit Route 66 on way to match play

England colleagues Joe Long and Callum Farr hit Route 66 to motor into the last 64 of the English Men’s Amateur Championship.

Gloucestershire’s Long and Farr, from Northamptonshire, carded course record scores on the Bracken at Woodhall Spa to make the knockout stages of the England Golf event.

Boyce Hill golfer Jack Dyer also followed them in with a six under par round to join the duo in the record books and the match play stages after day two of the stroke play qualifying event.

Long’s 36-hole total of nine-under par saw him lead the field by three shots and he will go into the match play as top seed.

Farr’s 66 helped him recover from an opening round 79 on the Hotchkin which left him facing an early exit from the tournament.

His two-round total of level par allowed him to comfortably make the cut which came at +4.

Long admitted: “I didn’t know what the course record was, but it’s always nice to hear what you’ve achieved after playing well.

“I managed to get the record at Royal Johannesburg when I was in South Africa over the winter with England too.

“I’ve been playing consistently going into the championships and just hitting my driver so well.

“My confidence is high so we’ll see where it takes me over the coming days.”

The competition for silverware over the next four days promises to be as hot as the weather with a host of top names in contention to go all the way to Sunday’s 36-hole final.

The 2019 Brabazon winner Ben Schmidt has been joined by England colleagues Arron Edwards-Hill, Robin Williams, Sam Broadhurst, Max Martin, Matty Lamb  and Sam Bairstow.

Bairstow’s six-under par round of 67 on the Hotchkin course was particularly impressive on a day when the wind continued to blow and make the slick greens tricky to negotiate.

However, it’s not just the young guns who are impressing this week.

A man with local knowledge – Woodhall Spa’s recently-crowned club champion, Paul Wharton –  has also made the knockout rounds.

Wharton is included the field for next week’s English Senior Men’s Amateur Championship – also being held on his home track.