Sunday 11 December 2016

Hume weathers storm to lead the way after 'best round ever'

Brian Keogh Irish amateur open

Published 09/05/2015 | 02:30

Jack Hume holds a two-stroke halfway lead in the Irish Amateur Open at Royal Dublin
Jack Hume holds a two-stroke halfway lead in the Irish Amateur Open at Royal Dublin

Jack Hume defied end-of-the-world conditions to card what he described as the round of his life and snatch a two-stroke halfway lead in the Irish Amateur Open at a weather-lashed Royal Dublin.

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On a day when the afternoon starters were battered by heavy rain and a cold north-east wind that gusted over 25mph, the 21-year-old from Naas carded a two-under 70 to lead on five-under par from Welshman Evan Griffith (72), with 17-year old Kevin LeBlanc from The Island three behind in third after posting his second 71 of the week early the day.

"I'm just delighted," said a rain-soaked Hume. "Anything under 76 this afternoon was a good score to be honest. It was just awful. It has to be one of the best rounds I've ever played - probably the best.

"I was two over after three holes and to play the rest in four under from there was pretty good going because it was freezing and my hands were numb."

Superbly

Hume bogeyed the first and third but then played superbly for the rest of the round, mixing brilliant birdies with incredible par saves.

After holing an 18 footer for a two at the fourth, he saved par with a chip and pitt at the fifth, birdied the par-five sixth before a bogey at the eighth saw him turn in one over 36.

The plus-four handicap international then navigated the largely downwind back nine in three-under 34 after a frustrating run of four missed birdie chances in a row from the 10th.

"It was nice to birdie the 14th from 10 feet and then I made a great chip and putt par from about 50 yards back into the win on 15," added Hume, who birdied 16 and 17 before two-putting for a safe par at the last.

Hume's fellow Naas clubman Jonathan Yates added a 71 to his opening 72 to share fourth place on one-under 143 with a string of title favourites including Ardglass' Cormac Sharvin (71).

Former winner Gavin Moynihan from The Island also produced an afternoon miracle, battling back from seven over after 10 to post a 76 that leaves him just six off the pace on one over.

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