Monday 17 December 2018

Dawson in the mix after superb 65

Tramore's Robin Dawson. Photo: Fran Caffrey
Tramore's Robin Dawson. Photo: Fran Caffrey

Brian Keogh

Tramore's Robin Dawson fired eight birdies in a seven-under-par 65 to lurk just four strokes off the lead in the South African Amateur Stroke Play Championship at halfway.

Runner-up last year, the 22-year-old Munster star had five birdies in an outward 31 at Pecanwood Golf and Country Club, then followed his lone bogey of the day at the first hole with three birdies in a row from the fourth coming home.

Tied for fifth with three other players on 11-under par, he's chasing Sweden's world number 12, Oliver Gillberg, who shot a 10-under-par 62 to lead on 15-under par 129, with South Africa's Wilco Nienaber who shot a 64.

They lead by two strokes from South Africa's Matt Saulez, with Kilkenny's Mark Power and Castle's Alex Gleeson shooting 67s to share 14th and 28th on 137 and 139 respectively.

Naas' Jonathan Yates is 40th on four-under after a 69 with Dundalk's Caolan Rafferty 49th, a shot inside the 142 cut mark, after a 71. However, Mallow's James Sugrue (69 for 145), Royal Dublin's Barry Anderson (72 for 146) and Massereene's Tiarnan McLarnon (73 for 151) missed out.

Irish Independent

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