New Zealand No.1 Vaughan McCall has climbed five places to a share of seventh at the Brabazon Trophy in England after carding a three over par 75 in brutal conditions at the Walton Heath Golf Club.  

The 20-year-old, who opened with a one over par 73, will begin the third round on a five over par total six shots back from the Irish leader Kevin Phelan (68, 75).

Phelan maintained his place at the top of the leaderboard despite a 75 for 143, one under par total, a shot ahead of Neil Raymond, one of a few to better par with 71.

The Old Course is never an easy touch. It examines every part of your game but in the conditions that greeted the morning starters it certainly took no prisoners.

It wasn’t just a tough wind, even stronger than on day one, but the addition of a veil of drizzle, often driven horizontally, offered an extra hazard to the morning starters. Some players described it as ‘brutal’. 

McCall, who plays his golf at the Gore Golf Club probably felt right at home. The New Zealand Stroke Play and New Zealand Amateur Champion, who finished runner-up at the Wales Stroke Play, is proving a fast learner in his first golfing experience in the United Kingdom.

Takaka’s Blair Riordan, who opened with a six over par 78, struggled again with a 10 over par 82 to be on a 16 over total in a share of 116thplace and miss the two round cut by seven shots.

The halfway cut came at 153, nine over par with 63 players surviving for the final 36 holes.

The Brabazon Trophy is a four round stroke play event which is contested over the over the Old Course at Walton Heath from June 28 – July 1.




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