Having finished yesterday’s opening round in tenth place, the Scottish team going for glory at the Eisenhower Trophy are now sixth in the leaderboard at the halfway mark.
Argentina are at the summit on 18-under-par, with Scotland three shots behind them on 15-under after shooting six-under-par in today’s second round. In all, 67 teams are competing on the Karuizawa Courses.
Representing Scotland in the World Amateur Team Championship event are Scottish Amateur Golfer of the year Bradley Neil, Grant Forrest and Chris Robb.
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Yesterday – competing on the par 72 Iriyama Course - the trio shot a combined score of six-under, with Grant Forrest scoring best after a four-under round of 68. Today, it was Neil’s turn to lead the way, as he went round in an impressive six-under 65 strokes.
Forrest, a member of this year’s victorious Palmer Cup side, continued the good form he displayed in round one with a three-under-par 68 today. It was a less satisfying day for Chris Robb, however. The 2014 Scottish Amateur champion slumped to a three-over-par second round 74.
At the half way stage, Forrest has proven to be the Scot’s top player, shooting a combined seven-under on the Karuizawa courses. Neil is close behind on a total of six-under, with Robb seven shots off the pace on one-over.
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The English team of Benjamin Stow, Ashley Chesters and Ryan Evans are level with the Scots on 15-under-par.
Stow was the English team’s low man after shooting his second consecutive 67, leaving him nine-under for the tournament. Ryan Evans built on his even-par 72 yesterday, finishing today with a three-under-par 68. Ashley Chesters did the opposite, carding a one-over-par 72 in today’s round after starting with a flawless 68 yesterday.
Team Ireland are going well in tied 18th spot after shooting a team total of ten-under-par. Gary Hurley went lowest in round two for the Irish after a three-under-par round of 68.
Further back in 34th position are Team Wales on three-under-par. Michael Hearne was the only Welshman not to shoot over-par today as he added even-par 72 on the Iriyama course, adding to three-under-par 68 on the Oshitate Course in round one.
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