PORTRUSH, Ireland (May 26, 2012) -- Chris Selfridge from Moyola Park consolidated his lead at the top of the Golfsure sponsored Irish Amateur Close Championship leader board with a second round level par 72 that sees him creep into a three shot lead on six under par.
Just 20 years old, and learning more about himself than his golf game living away from home on a golfing scholarship in the USA, the Toledo Rocketís golf star has put himself to the front of the field with a solid second round.
Just behind him is Dermot McElroy from Ballymena, who posted a one under par 71 to go with a 70 in round one leaving him 3 under par.
Joined on that total of 141 is Eugene Smith from Ardee. Having taken bogies on the first, fourth, fifth and eighth, the 20 year old who won the Munster Youths Championship last month, found himself back to level par for the championship before the turn.
He fought back with a birdie at nine, followed by an eagle at the par five 10th hole.
Another dropped shot came at the next, but Smith held his nerve and carded birdie on the penultimate hole to bring him back to 3 under for the championship.
He found trouble off the tee on 18, a poor tee shot left him to hack out of the rough, and leave himself a wedge into the target. He found the green, and Smith held his nerve to hole the 15ft putt for par and hold the clubhouse lead for most of the day on a 3 under par total of 141.
The round of the day came from a pllayer from Greenore Golf Club, just north of Dundalk.
Keith Shannonís round included six birdies, two bogies and an eagle three on the par five 9th hole. His round of 66 catapults him into contention.
This championship is the most prestigious event in the Irish golfing calendar, with the past winners list boasting names like Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington, Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke and of course two time Irish Close Champion Rory McIlroy.
The winner come Sunday evening will be in good company.
The cut fell at 151 with 53 players making the final two rounds.