Phelan rises to Swedish challenge
Kevin Phelan became the main Irish challenger in the European Amateur Individual Championship in Sweden yesterday after Alan Dunbar, Dermot McElroy and Paul Cutler all slipped down the leaderboard.
Phelan fired a splendid three-under-par 69 to put himself on two-under 142 at the halfway stage.
He reached the turn in one-over-par 37, but he moved up several gears on the back nine, collecting four birdies. Phelan goes into the third round today six strokes adrift of leader Steven Brown, the newly-crowned English champion.
Dunbar, who returned a 68 on the first day, slumped to a 75 and is now on one-under-par 143 for the tournament. His downfall came thanks to a double-bogey and two bogeys just before the turn.
Three birdies in the last six holes helped him back to respectability.
Portstewart's Paul Cutler also returned a 75 for a 144 total, finishing with two bogeys, while Richard O'Donovan (75) is on the same mark.
McElroy had a round to forget, a 78 that comprised 12 pars and six bogeys.