Ward posted a two under par 71 to jump a dozen places and take a share of the lead after 36 holes. He started poorly and was two over after back to back bogies on the 6th and 7th. He bounced back however with four birdies in five holes around the turn to take his score to -2, and he held that score to the end of the round.
Ward’s Kinsale teammate Mark Healy also posted a 71 to spring back in to contention. Healy shot an opening 80 but the 71 brought him back to within five shots of the lead.
Overnight leader John Murphy had a different day today, not helped by five bogies on the opening nine holes. He finished his round on +7 and is also in 14th place. Muskerry’s Benedict Cronin shot a second round 76 to add to his opening 74. He is also tied for 14th on +4.
The final two rounds take place tomorrow in Balcarrick.