SENICA, Slovakia — A day after four players shared the top spot on the European Amateur leaderboard, it's just Englishman Jamie Bower through two rounds. At 13-under par 131, Bower used a bogey-free second round of 65 to inch ahead of a group four players at 12, and six more at 11-under par.
Bower, of Yorkshire, England, trailed a group of first-round co-leaders by two shots entering day two but 69 was the lowest score shot by any of the leading players pushing them into the group of six just two shots back in a tie for sixth place.
Vitek Novak of Czech Republic and Marcus Kinhult of Sweden fired 69s among the opening-day leaders while Scott Gregory of England shot 70 and Haraldur Magnus of Iceland posted 71.
Tied for second place at 12-under are Iceland's Gudmundur Kristjansson, Ireland's Jack Hume, Italy's Stefano Mazzoli, and Belgium's Thomas Detry.
The low round of the day was carded by two separate players, and in two completely different places in the tournament. Jonathan Thomson of England jumped into a tie for sixth after his 64 while Sebastien Gandon of France improved by 12 strokes in order to post his eight-under par round. He's now nine shots back and tied for 58th place.
Thirty-six holes remain at the European Amateur, being played this year at Penati Golf Resort in Slovakia. The lowest native golfer is Jan Friesz, who at three-under 141 is ten shots back and tied for 61st place. Two-time defending champion Ashley Chesters of England has his work cut out for him if he wants to make it three in a row. He sits tied for 45th with rounds of 70 and 69 to his name.