Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club hold a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the English Men’s Champion Club competition at Romford Golf Club in Essex.
The Lancashire club’s lowest score was registered by Callan Barrow who romped round the Essex course in three under par 68 and he was ably supported by Harvey Talarczyk who fired a two under par 69 and Jamie Van Wyke who matched par with a 71 to give them a five under par total of 208.
Their nearest challengers are Essex representatives Chelmsford Golf Club, represented by Arron Edwards-Hill, Shay McQueen and Brandon Meads, and Callum Farr, Charlie Salter and Corey Neville from Northamptonshire County Golf Club who share second place on three under par 210.
Chelmsford’s Edwards-Hill tops the individual leaderboard by one shot over Farr after carding a seven under par 64. McQueen and Salter both contributed a 72 for their teams, Neville carded a 73 while Meads shot 74.
2017 champions and last year’s runners-up City of Newcastle Golf Club from Northumberland, represented by Alex Dixon, Phil Ridden and Andrew Minnikin, may still force their way into the reckoning after posting a two over par total of 215 to go into the second round in fourth place a single shot ahead of West Hove Golf Club from Sussex, Olton Golf Club from Warwickshire and Heworth Golf Club in Durham.
A total of eight players broke 70 in the first round. Barrow plus Beds, Bucks and Oxon representative Tom Lawson (Stoke Park) and Hertfordshire’s Tom Speyer (Harpenden) all shot 68 to sit four shots behind Edwards-Hill while Talararczyk was joined on 69 by Dorset’s Sandy Matthew (Sherbourne) and Leicestershire’s Luke Burrows (Cosby).
The winners of the team competition will represent England at next month’s European Men’s Club Trophy at Golf du Medoc in France.
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