SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD, England (Aug. 15, 2012) -- France's Romain Langasque holds the clubhouse lead at the end of a weather-interrupted second day of the 86th Boys Amateur Championship held at the Notts (Hollinwell) and Coxmoor Golf Clubs in Nottinghamshire.
The 17 year-old French international from Ormesson added a two-under-par 70 to his opening 68 and holds a four shot lead over England boy international, Max Orrin, at the end of a long day in which heavy rain caused a two hour cessation in play resulting in two players at Coxmoor to complete their rounds.
Orrin came in late with a 73 at Notts which left him on two-under-par 142 and a single shot ahead of fellow English international, Patrick Kelly, from Boston West. Another England cap, Nick Marsh, from Huddersfield, matched his opening level par 72 in the second round to sit six shots back on 144.
Play will resume at 7.00 am tomorrow (Thursday) morning when the last two groups will finish their rounds after which the top 64 and ties will proceed to the match play stages.
Langasque is bidding to become the second Frenchman in succession to lead the qualifiers at the Boys' Championship emulating compatriot, Kenny Subregis, who produced rounds of 71 and 68 to top the leaderboard at Burnham & Berrow and Enmore Park 12 months ago.
If successful, it would be the second time this season Langasque has led the qualifiers in a major international championship because he also achieved that feat at the 2012 Spanish Amateur Championship at Alcanada where he went on to lose in the second round to Subregis.
Langasque arrived in Nottinghamshire fresh from a two week break in the South of France and after opening with a 68 on the challenging 7,250-yard course at Notts he added a two-under-par 70 at Coxmoor before heavy rain made conditions extremely difficult for the late starters and ultimately resulted in a suspension in play lasting just over two hours.
Kelly came into the Boys' Championship having just won the Carris Trophy and he also took advantage of an early start when the weather was at its best.
The 16 year-old from Boston West, a losing finalist in last year's Boys' Championship, opened with a level par 72 at Notts and then improved on that score by one with a steady one-under-par 71 in which he was two over par after bogeys on the 530-yard par-5 6th and the 388-yard par-4 14th before racing home with an eagle on the 535-yard par-5 14th and a birdie on the 539-yard par-5 closing hole.
One of the players who is destined to miss the cut is defending champion Harrison Greenberry from Exeter who added a 76 at Coxmoor to his opening 78 at Notts.
Greenberry was by no means the only prominent player to depart Robin Hood country before the start of the match play stage. Others who missed the cut included 2012 Scottish Boys' Match Play champion Craig Howie (78-78), Bobby Keeble (76-80), the runner-up in the recent Carris Trophy, Swede Victor Tarnstrom who won the individual prize in this year's European Team Championships in Stockholm, 2012 German Boys' champion Dominic Foos (78-79) and 2012 Scottish Youths' champion Ewan Scott (73-85).
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