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Faldo Series Europe Grand Final: Asian champ Ito feeling at home

Cork's Kieran Lynch heads the Irish challenge heading into the final round of the 14th Faldo Series Europe Grand Final, staged over the Faldo Course at the Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen.

Lynch, from Skibbereen & West Carberry, added a 76 to his opening 70 to go into today’s final round on two over par 146, six shots behind the leader, Masamichi Ito, the 15-year-old 2010 Faldo Series Asia champion from Japan.

Conor Glynn, the 2010 Faldo Series Ireland champion from Carton House, improved nine shots on his opening 80 but his one under par 71 still leaves him languishing 11 shots behind.

Patrick Small from Bangor , the only Ulster golfer in the field, is one shot further behind after rounds of 74 and 78.

In the concurrent girls’ event, Castleroy’s Chloe Ryan has put together rounds of 78 and 77 to go into the final 18 holes in second place in the Girls’ Under-16 age group category. She trails England’s Abi Laker, who has posted round of 82 and 70, by three shots.

The overall girls’ competition is also being led by an Asian golfer, with Chinese Taipei’s Yi-Chen Liu recording rounds of 75 and 74 for a 36-hole aggregate of 149 and a three stroke lead over Laker.

Ito is playing his first tournament in Europe but he has taken no time at all to acclimatise to the testing conditions.

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“The conditions are tough but I’m slowly getting used to them,” he said. “Tomorrow I’m just going to try to be patient. You can get into a lot of trouble if you hit your ball into the wrong place.”

The best round of the championship was supplied by Poland’s Adrian Meronk who carded a fabulous four under par 68 to move into a share of fifth place on two over par 146.

Leading Second Round Scores from the 14th Faldo Series Europe Grand Final. Overall: 140 Masamichi Ito (Jap) 70-70, 144 Harrison Greenberry (Eng) 71-73, Adam Andrews (Eng) 74-70, 145 Jack Brooks Eng) 70-75, 146 Kieran Lynch (Ire) 70-76, Adrian Meronk (Pol) 78-68, Josh Loughrey (Eng) 71-75, 147 Nathan Kimsey (Eng) 77-70, Sam Robertshawe (Eng) 75-72, 148 Jack Colegate (Eng) 74-74, Hugo Dobson (Eng) 73-75

Boys’ Under-21: 144 Adam Andrews (Eng) 74-70, 145 Jack Brooks (Eng) 70-75, 146 Josh Loughrey (Eng) 71-75, 147 Sam Robertshawe (Eng) 75-72, 148 Hugo Dobson (Eng) 73-75

Boys’ Under-18: 146 Adrian Meronk (Pol) 78-68, 147 Nathan Kimsey (Eng) 77-70, 148 Jack Colegate (Eng) 74-74, 149 Andrew Scrimshaw (Eng) 76-73, 150 Billy Downing (Eng) 73-77, 151 Steve Jones (Eng) 75-76, Henry Tomlinson (Eng) 73-78, Conor Glynn (Ire) 80-71

Boys’ Under-16: 140 Masamichi Ito (Jap) 70-70, 144 Harrison Greenberry (Eng) 71-73,146 Kieran Lynch (Ire) 70-76, 149 Ewan Scott (Sco) 74-75, James Newton (Eng) 75-74, 151 Mateusz Gradecki (Pol) 77-74

Girls’ Under-21: 149 Yi-Chen Liu (Cht) 75-74, 153 Holly Clyburn (Eng) 75-78, 157 Danielle Anderson (Eng) 77-80, 158 Katherine O’Connor (Wal) 78-80, Helen Searle (Eng) 82-76, 160 Katie Burman (Eng) 77-83, 161 Lianne Jansen (Ned) 81-80

Girls’ Under-16: 152 Abi Laker (Eng) 82-70, 155 Chloe Ryan (Ire) 78-77, Sophie van Wijngaarden (Ned) 79-76, 160 Lauren Taylor (Eng) 84-76, 161 Dominica Gradecka (Pol) 84-77, Leslie Atkins (Sco) 84-77, 163 Jessica Evans (Wal) 82-81

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