Wellingborough’s Ryan Evans remains firmly in contention for the Brabazon Trophy as he goes into the final day tomorrow (Saturday) as part of a three-way tie for the lead.
After looking like a two-horse race, the battle for the title is anyone’s guess after a day in which the leaders were confused by the changing conditions at Seaton Carew while the pursuers eagerly closed the gap with a great deal of satisfaction.
Evans and Ben Stow were locked together at the top of the leaderboard at the start of the day but both returned 75 which allowed Ireland’s Cormac Sharvin to slip in on the blind side with 70 for a three-way tie.
The trio now share the lead on seven-under-par 212, just a stroke ahead of a group of six including three Scots, an Irishman and two home players while four more lie in wait a further shot back on 214.
The early starters enjoyed sunshine and a light breeze but as the day wore on so conditions deteriorated with the wind increasing accompanied by some light rain.
And, after his second round record-breaking 66 yesterday, Evans found it a tough day.
“It was a grind,” he said
“The course was again fiery early on but the rain had an effect. They looked fast but turned a little slow and it played on your mind.
“I didn’t play that badly but I hit a few silly shots and only made two birdies. I putted well but I didn’t hole much. It was a tough day and there are a lot of players who can win. I just hope I can come out on top.”
While the leaders were faltering, Sharvin made his move with seven birdies in his 70, five coming in a back nine of three-under 35.