Welch Takes Charge

Welch Takes Charge

February 13th, 2008

MICHAEL WELCH has moved into the lead during the second round of The Sky Sports International at Heydon Grange.

Welch began the second day at -7, a shot behind overnight leaders Ben Welch and Barry Hume, but shot a four-under-par 68 to move into pole position at -11.

For the second successive day he hit an eagle at the first and then added a birdie at the seventh, although a double-bogey at the par three eighth dented his challenge.

He regained his cushion with birdies at the 13th, 14th and 16th holes, giving him enough of a cushion to bogey the 17th before ending on -4 for the day.

Mark Smith shot a 67 on Friday to move out to -9 for the tournament, and Damian Mooney followed up his opening round 66 with a 69 to join him on 135.

Robert McGuirk, the winner of The PokerMillion.Com Championship a fortnight ago at Collingtree Park, followed up an opening round 70 with a 66 on Friday to move out to -8.

He joined Hume on that score, after the overnight joint leader produced a par round of 72 on Friday.

Russell Claydon, who was at level par following the opening round, shot 67 on the second day to move to -5 and join a total of 24 players under par.

A further update will be issued later on Friday at the close of the second round.

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