Hume makes light of weather with fighting 68
Published 24/06/2016 | 02:30
Jack Hume produced a magnificent second day performance to lead the Irish assault on the English Men's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship in torrid conditions at the London Club.
Heavy rain forced officials into delaying the start of round two by two-and-a-half hours - and with conditions failing to ease, play was suspended, meaning several players will complete their second rounds this morning.
Walker Cup hero Hume is all-but through after backing up a solid opening round of 73 with a stunning four-under-par total of 68 that included five birdies.
The Naas man's efforts leave him tied ninth alongside Whitehead's John Galbraith whose second round score of 70 also left him on three-under-par.
Three birdies on the back nine fired Castle's Alex Gleeson up to tied 16th, while Ballymena man Dermot McElroy is also likely to progress after finishing on level-par with rounds of 73 and 71.
Hermitage's Rowan Lester is tied 16th although he is still to complete his second round - while Sean Flanagan (Co Sligo) and The Knock's Colin Fairweather face a nervous wait - with the pair occupying tied 40th and tied 54th places respectively.
The Island's Paul McBride, who suffered semi-final heartache in the Amateur Championship in South Wales last week, Warrenpoint's Colm Campbell and Naas player Jonathan Yates will all complete their second rounds today. But day two looks set to be the end of the road for Conor O'Rourke (Naas), Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene), Eoin Leonard (Wentworth) and Shannon's Daniel Brennan - with all four sitting outside the top 60.