John Hickey (Cork) remains the leading Cork golfer after the second round of the East of Ireland Championship at Baltray. Today Hickey added a 73 to yesterday’s 71, and his level par total saw him safely through to the final day tomorrow. Mallow’s Paul McCarthy is one shot behind Hickey, as is Kinsale’s Cathal Butler. Paul O’Hanlon still holds the lead, his -9 total is four shots clear of the field.
Gary Ward (Kinsale) was very unlucky to miss the cut, he shot a wonderful 69 today. Although he opened with two bogies in his first four holes, he rattled off three birdies and an eagle in five holes in the middle of his round. Unfortunately for Ward he missed the cut by one shot, Saturday’s untidy 78 came back to cost the Kinsale man a place in the final day. James Sugrue also missed the cut following a second round 75.
Hickey, McCarthy and Butler have 36 holes to play tomorrow, with order of merit points on offer all three will have an added incentive for finishing strongly.