Friday, August 17, 2018

Flying finish hands Kim Galgorm lead

 
Kim Swing
                                                               This image of Minkyu Kim is displayed by courtesy of  Getty Images 
CHALLENGE TOUR report
Minkyu Kim eagled his final hole of the day to soar up a packed leaderboard and take a one-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the Galgorm Resort and Spa Northern Ireland Open
The young South Korean was one shot behind a group of four players already in the clubhouse on ten under par, but after making a three at the par five ninth the 17-year-old rose to the top of the pile after 36 holes at Galgorm Castle.
Kim had started brightly with four birdies over his opening nine holes, and despite a double-bogey at the par three fifth, his late flourish saw him sign for a 67 and take a one-shot advantage ahead of France’s Victor Perez, Denmark’s Mark Flindt Haastrup, Wales’s Stuart Manley and home favourite Cormac Sharvin.
Having already triumphed once this season the South Korean knows how to get the job done – something he believes will work in his favour this weekend.
“Today my putting was really, really good," he said. My long game was okay but it was my short game that was the difference today.
“I holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the 16th which was my best moment from today. I nearly ruined my score on the par three fifth where I hit such a solid three iron that it went over the green – then I hit a bad approach and I three-putted.
“I went on to finish with an eagle four holes after that and because of that I am feeling very positive about tomorrow.
“I have been in this position before so I feel confident. I have won once this year already and I think that experience will help me over the weekend.”
Also in the hunt is Northern Ireland’s Sharvin following a bogey-free six under par round of 65. The 25 year old chose to spend last week practising at home with his coach Paul Vaughan – a decision which he feels has been vindicated by his form so far this week.
“I felt really prepared for this week," he said. “Mentally I am in a much better place and am swinging a lot better too as I have been struggling a bit the last five weeks.
“The course was playing really nice, after the really dry spell we had this year. The fairways are still really lush and the greens are running really nice. I managed to hole a few putts today too, so that was nice.
“I kept giving myself chances and to convert two towards the end of the round is nice, but tomorrow is a new day. I just have to commit to every shot tomorrow and see where that takes me.”
Also flying the flag for the home nation is Jonathan Caldwell, who sits in a share of ninth place after a five under par round of 66 today.
A total of three Northern Irish players sit inside the top 25 at the halfway stage, and are sure to attract significant crowds when the tournament restarts at 7.20am tomorrow.  
Scores after Round Two
par 142 (2x71):
131 M Kim (SKor) 64 67 
132 S Manley (Wales) 64 68, C Sharvin (NIre) 67 65, V Perez (Fra) 68 64, M Haastrup (Denmark) 66 66 
133 C Hill (Sco) 66 67, S Henry (Sco) 67 66, R Kellett (Sco) 67 66 
134 J Caldwell (NIre) 68 66, L Van Meijel (Netherlands) 68 66
135 E Ferguson (Sco) 69 66
136 D Stewart (Sco) 68 68, F Laporta (Ita) 70 66, V Østerby (Denmark) 65 71
137 R Saxton (Netherlands) 69 68, R Enoch (Wales) 70 67, B Stow (Eng) 67 70, E España (Fra) 67 70, M Gaspar (Portugal) 68 69, M Armitage (Eng) 65 72, J McDonald (Sco) 70 67,
138 C Del Moral (Spn) 70 68, B Parker (Eng) 71 67, D McElroy (NIre) 71 67, R Finch (Eng) 65 73
139 S Locke (Sco) 68 71, J White (Eng) 69 70, J McLeary (Sco) 70 69, R McGowan (Eng) 68 71, B Easton (SAf) 70 69, M McGeady (Ire) 71 68
140 L Ruuska (Finland) 71 69, T Murray (Eng) 72 68, W Besseling (Netherlands) 69 71, K Phelan (Ire) 72 68, S Hutsby (Eng) 68 72, M Lampert (Ger) 70 70, D Perrier (Fra) 69 71, M Schneider (Ger) 69 71, J Singh Brar (Eng) 69 71, C Braeunig (Ger) 68 72
141 N O'Briain (Ire) 71 70, R Van West (Netherlands) 71 70, C Selfridge (NIre) 72 69, R De Sousa (Sui) 73 68, A Knappe (Ger) 69 72, M Galiano Aguilar (Spn) 70 71, B Ritthammer (Ger) 71 70, A Velasco (Spn) 73 68, I Cantero Gutierrez (Spn) 70 71, H Joannes (Belgium) 70 71, J Kunzenbacher (Ger) 74 67, S Dyson (Eng) 72 69, J Brun (Fra) 68 73, C Tarren (Eng) 69 72, J Senior (Eng) 66 75, J Huldahl (Denmark) 68 73
142 M Schmitt (Ger) 71 71, M Orrin (Eng) 68 74, J Doherty (Sco) 71 71, J Girrbach (Switz) 72 70, J Vecchi Fossa (Ita) 69 73, F Palson (Swe) 73 69, S Einhaus (Ger) 71 71, M Carlsson (Swe) 67 75, C O'Rourke (Ire) 71 71, R Roussel (Fra) 71 71, N Møller (Den) 71 71, R Langasque (Fra) 69 73, D Huizing (Netherlandcs) 68 74, N Kearney (Ire) 72 70, B Hellgren (Swe) 73 69

MISSED THE CUT
 143 J Carlota (Portugal) 69 74, R Santos (Portugal) 70 73, B McCarroll (Ire) 72 71, E Johansen (Norway) 71 72, N Kimsey (Eng) 72 71, N Johansson (Swe) 69 74, C Doak (Sco) 74 69, S Matus (Czech) 73 70, M Ovesen (Denmark) 70 73, K Hesbois (Belgium) 72 71, O Wilson (Eng) 74 69, M Hoey (NIre) 70 73 
144 R MacIntyre (Sco) 76 68, S Grant (Ire) 72 72, D Foos (Ger) 75 69, S Grehan (Ire) 69 75, H Leon (Chile) 73 71, L Nemecz (Austria) 71 73, J Galbraith (NIre) 73 71, G Moynihan (Ire) 73 71, D Brown (Eng) 72 72, N Geyger (Chile) 71 73
145 G Hurley (Ire) 77 68, L Johnston (Sco) 73 72, P McBride (Ire) 73 72, J Van Der Vaart (Netherlands) 73 72, M Iten (Switz) 72 73, J Sharp (Eng) 76 69, J Munro (Australia) 72 73, G Migliozzi (Ita) 71 74, L Acikalin  (Turkey) (am) 73 72
146 C Feldborg Nielsen (Swe) 71 75, R Kilpatrick (Nir) 73 73, H Casey (Eng) 75 71, B Eccles (Aus) 76 70, M Madsen (Den) 75 71, B Evans (Eng) 71 75, R Sciot-Siegrist (Fra) 75 71, R McGee (Irl) 68 78, D Berna Manzanares (Esp) 71 75, J Brooks (Eng) 73 73, F Maccario (Ita) 71 75, D Law (Sco) 72 74, A Singh Brar (am) (Eng) 77 69,
147 E Di Nitto (Ita) 67 80, G Wright (Wal) 74 73
148 R Fitzgerald (Eng) 72 76, J Erkenbeck (USA) 74 74, M Trappel (Aut) 75 73, J Sainz (Esp) 73 75, U Coussaud (Fra) 77 71, J Rutherford (Eng) 72 76, D Løkke (Den) 73 75, C Sahlstrom (Swe) 77 71, J Allan (Eng) 71 77 
149 N Grau Tomas (Esp) 75 74, A Hodkinson (Eng) 76 73, A Bernadet (Fra) 75 74, P Mejow (Ger) 73 76, P Maddy (Eng) 73 76, D Papadatos (Australia) 75 74, A Tadini (Ita) 72 77, N Marsh (Eng) 75 74, L Buijs (Belgium 75 74, R Mullarney (am) (Ire) 73 76
150 J Adams (Eng) 73 77 
151 S Gregory (Eng) 71 80
152 B Casey (Ire) 77 75, S Towndrow (Eng) 76 76, M Fenasse (Fra) 74 78, D Carey (Ire) 75 77, A Boasson (Iceland) 78 74
153 F Bergamaschi (Ita) 75 78, P Howard (Eng) 79 74, P Kelly (Eng) 77 76
154 X Puig (Esp) 75 79, M Dallat (NIre) 82 72,
156 K Ventura (Norway) 76 80, Z Felder (Switz) 81 75, A Chapman (Eng) 75 81
164 J Dillon (Ire) 84 80
** T Tree (Eng) 71 WD, G Forrest (Sco) 81 WD, A Ahokas (Fin) 79 WD
                                                        

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