MAYNOOTH, Ireland (Aug. 9, 2012) -- Sweden’s Daniel Jannevret consolidated his lead at the Chartis Europe sponsored European Amateur Golf Championship at Carton House Golf Club on Thursday with a solid two-under par round of 70 to leave him two clear of Thomas Sorensen (Denmark) and Goncalo Pinto (Portugal) on ten under par.
A mixed opening nine which contained three bogeys and one biride saw him turn for home in one over par, but a flawless back nine that saw him pick up three birdies at 12, 15 and 18 ensured a sub par round, and the halfway lead.
The round of the day went to the reigning British Amateur Champion Alan Dunbar, who shot an 8 under par round of 64 to equal the course record held by Jannevret who in turn had equalled Damian Mooney’s record on Wednesday.
A bogey free round, which included a missed eagle opportunity on the last green for a 63 wasn’t deemed to be outstanding by the Rathmore man who carded a 76 in round one.
"I didn't feel as though I played outstanding today. I didn't feel as though I played bad yesterday. It's just breaks I suppose, and momentum. I holed a putt on the first for birdie and then I had a good up and down on the second and third for par, that kept things going. I had an up and down for birdie on four, just momentum. I had no bogeys today and I'm putting well."
Following his 76 in the opening round, he sent a text message to his coach Seamus Duffy who travelled to Carton House to meet with him. A few quiet words about his shoulder position worked wonders for Dunbar and his efforts on the front nine set him up for the tough back nine.
"I birdied seven, eight and nine, which gave me a boost going into the hard holes, and I had three good pars there".
The leading Irishman in the field is the 21 year old psychology student Kevin Phelan.
Starting the day from one over par, a difficult opening was steadied very quickly and after a bogey on the par four second, Phelan got momentum back very soon after to put himself into contention.
"I had a pretty good round today, ended up six under, so played consistent throughout the round. I was two under for the front nine, four under for the back. I think the best thing I did today was I putted very well, gave myself a good few chances and I was able to convert them, I was happy with that. My putting was quite good from inside 10 feet so it was nice to hole out well and get the most out of your round so it felt good."
The 54 hole cut will be made after the third round, with the top 60 and ties playing for the championship on Saturday with the winner gaining an invite to compete as an amateur in both the Open Championship at Muirfield and the Irish Open, set to be staged on one of the two courses at Carton House Golf Club next June.