Irish Amateur Open: Dhont shoots course-record 66

DUBLIN, Ireland (May 7, 2011) -- Belgian Rutger Dhont shot a brilliant course record 66 on day 2 of the Irish Amateur Open Championship at The Royal Dublin, but it was Welshman Rhys Pugh who led the field with an assured performance in a two-under 70.

Pugh is two under for the championship going into the final day, one shot ahead of Scot Gordon Stevenson and two clear of Irish teenager Paul Dunne (Greystones) and Eddie McCormack (Galway).

Defending champion Alan Dunbar, pictured, is still well in the hunt after a second round 72, just three shots back on one over. First round leader Robin Kind dug deep after a poor start, birdying the final three holes for a 76, five shots off the lead on three over, and tied with Dhont, whose course record was a tremendous recovery from a first round 81.

Results For Irish Amateur Open Golf Championship
1WalesRhys PughWales70072-70-74-78=294
2ScotlandGordon StevensonScotland50074-69-76-75=294
T3IrelandPaul DunneIreland40073-71-79-72=295
T3NetherlandsDaan HuizingNetherlands40077-70-74-74=295
5Northern IrelandNicky GrantNorthern Ireland40077-72-71-77=297

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ABOUT THE Irish Amateur Open

First played in 1892 and held every year with the exception of the War Years up to 1959, and revived in 1995, the Irish Amateur Open can boast a strong history of producing great Champions including Joe Carr (three times), Jimmy Bruen, Tom Craddock, Padraig Harrington, Michael Hoey, Noel Fox, Louis Oosthuizen and Pedro Figueiredo.

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