Ford steps up a gear in Portrush
American Frank Ford (59) appears certain to claim the 54-hole British Seniors' Amateur Open Championship at Royal Portrush after a second-round two-under-par 70 took him to five-under overall and stretched his lead to four strokes ahead of compatriot Chris Lutz entering today's final session.
Upholding fast-fading Irish hopes is Tipperary's ex-Walker Cup ace Arthur Pierse.
Following his remarkable 73 opener, Pierse continued his fine form to plunder five birdies in a level-par-72. Hugh Smyth and Garth McGimpsey slipped out of contention after rounds of 76 and 75 respectively.
From champions to wooden spoonists -- that was the disappointing story of Ireland last night in the Boys' Home International Championship at Royal St David's, Harlech.
They were crushed 11-4 by England in the round-robin series and, at the end of a day which had begun with a chance of retaining their title, they were left propping up the table.
England captured the crown and the R&A Trophy for the ninth time in 12 years, while the other places were determined on a countback of individual games won.
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