England lead by four with a round left in Iceland

Ben Stow

England continue to lead the European Men’s Challenge Trophy at Keilir in Iceland and are on course to qualify for next year’s European Men’s Team Championships.

On day two, with five scores from six to count, England finished on 358 for an aggregate of 710, level par, four strokes ahead of Portugal and the Netherlands in joint second spot.

Ben Stow shot a two-under par 69 containing five birdies to lead the individual standing on five under for the tournament, a shot ahead of Portugal’s Pedro Figueiredo and three ahead of the rest of the field.

Garrick Porteous returned 72, also with five birdies, but he double-bogeyed the short 16th to drop back and is joint third on two under.

Of the other England players, Jack Hiluta, one of the first day leaders, returned 74 for level par overall, Craig Hinton is on three over after a 70, while Callum Shinkwin carded a 74 and Ben Taylor 73.

Scores and results for the European Challenge Trophy

(Image of Ben Stow © Tom Ward)