WITH THE weather conditions improving at The Swallow Hotel Open, day two saw the completion of round one and a fair proportion of round two.
It is expected to complete the second round on the final day, when the cut will be made for the top 50 and ties to play the concluding 18 holes.
South African Michiel Bothma, who managed to complete his first round on schedule, leads the way with a seven-under-par 65 which included eight birdies and a bogey.
Solid driving led to three birdies in the opening five holes, but he admitted to feeling uncomfortable with his putting, despite notching a further five birdies – including three in succession from the 12th hole.
Graeme Clark (Special Steel Group/Doncaster) is one shot behind after a six-under-par round of 66 which was comprised of seven birdies and a bogey.
Jack Doherty (Vale of Glamorgan) shot an eagle in his round of 67 (five-under-par) but three bogeys on the front nine hampered his round.
And Mark Smith (Erewash Valley) overcame a two-shot penalty on the first hole for carrying one club too many to shoot the same score after a round of seven birdies.
Dutchman Inder Van Weerelt hit five birdies for the same score, whilst Tim Rice (Limerick) joined the trio thanks to some excellent putting which helped him to seven birdies and an eagle despite two bogeys and a double bogey.
With eight players grouped a shot back on four-under-par, there is all to play for assuming the weather stays kind.
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