Patience pays off for Dawson
Tramore's Robin Dawson was rewarded for his patience as he coolly birdied the 18th to take a two-stroke lead into the third round of the Flogas Irish Amateur Open at Royal County Down.
Two-under par for his round after five holes, he didn't panic as a chilly, one to two-club wind got up and he bogeyed the eighth, 14th and 15th to slip to one-over for the day.
It would have been easy to get frustrated but after hitting a 97-yard wedge to six feet at the last, the 22-year-old international confidently rolled it home to add a level-par 71 to his stunning opening 65.
"It was pretty nice at the start but then playing down 12, 13, 14 the wind really started to pick up," said Dawson, who leads by two shots on six-under par from England's Alex Fitzpatrick, younger brother of Ryder Cup player Matthew.
"I was thinking I actually haven't a bad score going. So I'm kind of happy enough in the end.
"You've just got to stay patient here. It's a mental test. You've really got to plot your way around here."
Fitzpatrick (19) added a 70 to his first-round 68 to be Dawson's nearest rival on five-under with Castle's Alex Gleeson tied for third on level-par after a painful triple bogey seven at the tough 15th saw him post a 74.
Portmarnock's James Fox birdied the 16th and 17th for a solid 72 to share fifth place on one-over while current West of Ireland champion and Bridgestone Order of Merit leader Rob Brazill from Naas is tied 18th on three-over after a grinding 72.
Defending champion Peter O'Keeffe shot 75 but sits two shots inside the projected cut mark for the top 50 and ties alongside Cairndhu's Stephen Watts, Athenry's Alan Hill and Balbriggan's Robbie Cannon on four-over.