Adam Chapman shot a hole-in-one in his second round which saw him build a four-shot lead over his nearest competitor in the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour Sky Sports Tour Championship at Amendoeria Golf Resort.
Chapman (Carus Green Golf Club) carded a solid 68 round to move to eight-under par, and one step closer to his first victory on the EuroPro Tour this year.
On his superb hole-in-one Chapman said: “I saw my playing partner hit 8 iron short just before but I still hit it with an 8 iron, perhaps just slightly fuller. When it popped in it was high fives all around. It took me a few minutes to process what was going on but it felt great.”
He followed up his fantastic ace on the second hole with three birdies on the spin to move to five-under after just five holes; and it should have been four birdies.
A win for the Cumbrian golfer would see him leap into the Challenge Tour spots for the 2018 season, he started 54th in the Order of Merit before teeing off Sky Sports Tour Championship account.
He added: “I won’t be paying much attention to the leader board tomorrow as I’ve got a comfortable cushion over a few of the other guys. It’s only the people I’m playing with that matter tomorrow.”
The course record of two-under par was broken by a number of golfers on the second day, including South Korea sensation MK Kim (Golfmind Korea), who carded an excellent 67 to move into second place and further cement his place in the Challenge Tour places.
Elsewhere, Will Enefer (Retail Furniture Ltd) found some form after a terrible 12-over par round yesterday and carded a course record of five-under par.
Birdies have been hard to come by this week, with less than 400 across both days of golf. However, Chapman has collected nine so far and if his fine form continues he may find himself on the Challenge Tour in 2018.
Spectator entry is free of charge throughout and live scoring is available at www.europrotour.com. Highlights from the Sky Sports Tour Championship at Amendoeira Golf Resort will air on Sky Sports Golf in November.