European Challenge Tour

Galgorm Resort & Spa NI Open 2018

August 16-19

Galgorm Castle, Ballymena, Northern Ireland

€170,000

August 16-19

Galgorm Castle, Ballymena, Northern Ireland

€170,000

Round 2

Flying finish hands Kim Galgorm lead

August 17, 2018

Minkyu Kim eagled his final hole of the day to soar up a packed leaderboard and take a one-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the Galgorm Resort and Spa NI Open, presented by Modest! Golf.

Flying finish hands Kim Galgorm lead, © Getty Images

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The young Korean was one shot behind a group of four players already in the clubhouse on ten under par, but after making a three at the par five ninth the 17 year old rose to the top of the pile after 36 holes at Galgorm Castle.

Kim had started brightly with four birdies over his opening nine holes, and despite a double-bogey at the par three fifth, his late flourish saw him sign for a 67 and take a one-shot advantage ahead of France’s Victor Perez, Denmark’s Mark Flindt Haastrup, Wales’s Stuart Manley and home favourite Cormac Sharvin.

Having already triumphed once this season the Korean knows how to get the job done – something he believes will work in his favour this weekend.

“Today my putting was really, really good," he said. My long game was okay but it was my short game that was the difference today.

“I holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the 16th which was my best moment from today. I nearly ruined my score on the par three fifth where I hit such a solid three iron that it went over the green – then I hit a bad approach and I three-putted.

“I went on to finish with an eagle four holes after that and because of that I am feeling very positive about tomorrow.

“I have been in this position before so I feel confident. I have won once this year already and I think that experience will help me over the weekend.”

Also in the hunt is Northern Ireland’s Sharvin following a bogey-free six under par round of 65. The 25 year old chose to spend last week practising at home with his coach Paul Vaughan – a decision which he feels has been vindicated by his form so far this week.

“I felt really prepared for this week," he said. “Mentally I am in a much better place and am swinging a lot better too as I have been struggling a bit the last five weeks.

“The course was playing really nice, after the really dry spell we had this year. The fairways are still really lush and the greens are running really nice. I managed to hole a few putts today too, so that was nice.

“I kept giving myself chances and to convert two towards the end of the round is nice, but tomorrow is a new day. I just have to commit to every shot tomorrow and see where that takes me.”

Also flying the flag for the home nation is Jonathan Caldwell, who sits in a share of ninth place after a five under par round of 66 today.

A total of three Northern Irish players sit inside the top 25 at the halfway stage, and are sure to attract significant crowds when the tournament restarts at 7.20am tomorrow.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
KIM, Minkyu
-11
64
67
131
2
PEREZ, Victor
-10
68
64
132
SHARVIN, Cormac
-10
67
65
132
MANLEY, Stuart
-10
64
68
132
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
-10
66
66
132
6
KELLETT, Ross
-9
67
66
133
HENRY, Scott
-9
67
66
133
HILL, Calum
-9
66
67
133
9
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
-8
68
66
134
CALDWELL, Jonathan
-8
68
66
134
11
FERGUSON, Ewen
-7
69
66
135
12
LAPORTA, Francesco
-6
70
66
136
ØSTERBY, Victor Gebhard
-6
65
71
136
STEWART, Duncan
-6
68
68
136
15
GASPAR, Miguel
-5
68
69
137
ESPAÑA, Edouard
-5
67
70
137
MCDONALD, Jack
-5
70
67
137
ENOCH, Rhys
-5
70
67
137
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-5
65
72
137
STOW, Ben
-5
67
70
137
SAXTON, Reinier
-5
69
68
137
22
PARKER, Ben
-4
71
67
138
MCELROY, Dermot
-4
71
67
138
FINCH, Richard
-4
65
73
138
DEL MORAL, Carlos
-4
70
68
138
26
McGEADY, Michael
-3
71
68
139
LOCKE, Sam
-3
68
71
139
WHITE, Joshua
-3
69
70
139
EASTON, Bryce
-3
70
69
139
McGOWAN, Ross
-3
68
71
139
MCLEARY, Jamie
-3
70
69
139
32
BESSELING, Wil
-2
69
71
140
LAMPERT, Moritz
-2
70
70
140
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-2
69
71
140
RUUSKA, Lauri
-2
71
69
140
PHELAN, Kevin
-2
72
68
140
PERRIER, Damien
-2
69
71
140
MURRAY, Tom
-2
72
68
140
SINGH BRAR, Jack
-2
69
71
140
BRAEUNIG, Christian
-2
68
72
140
HUTSBY, Sam
-2
68
72
140
42
VAN WEST, Robbie
-1
71
70
141
JOANNES, Hugues
-1
70
71
141
VELASCO, Alvaro
-1
73
68
141
SELFRIDGE, Chris
-1
72
69
141
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
-1
73
68
141
GALIANO AGUILAR, Mario
-1
70
71
141
RITTHAMMER, Bernd
-1
71
70
141
KNAPPE, Alexander
-1
69
72
141
O'BRIAIN, Neil
-1
71
70
141
KUNZENBACHER, Julian
-1
74
67
141
TARREN, Callum
-1
69
72
141
CANTERO GUTIERREZ, Ivan
-1
70
71
141
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
-1
68
73
141
SENIOR, Jack
-1
66
75
141
BRUN, Julien
-1
68
73
141
DYSON, Simon
-1
72
69
141
58
GIRRBACH, Joel
Par
72
70
142
ORRIN, Max
Par
68
74
142
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
Par
69
73
142
CARLSSON, Magnus A
Par
67
75
142
DOHERTY, Jack
Par
71
71
142
O'ROURKE, Conor
Par
71
71
142
EINHAUS, Sean
Par
71
71
142
HELLGREN, Björn
Par
73
69
142
PALSON, Felix
Par
73
69
142
MØLLER, Niklas Norgaard
Par
71
71
142
LANGASQUE, Romain
Par
69
73
142
ROUSSEL, Robin
Par
71
71
142
SCHMITT, Max
Par
71
71
142
HUIZING, Daan
Par
68
74
142
KEARNEY, Niall
Par
72
70
142
73
OVESEN, Martin
1
70
73
143
CARLOTA, Joao
1
69
74
143
DOAK, Chris
1
74
69
143
MATUS, Stanislav
1
73
70
143
KIMSEY, Nathan
1
72
71
143
SANTOS, Ricardo
1
70
73
143
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
1
71
72
143
McCARROLL, Brendan
1
72
71
143
HESBOIS, Kevin
1
72
71
143
JOHANSSON, Niclas
1
69
74
143
HOEY, Michael
1
70
73
143
WILSON, Oliver
1
74
69
143
85
BROWN, Daniel
2
72
72
144
GREHAN, Stuart
2
69
75
144
NEMECZ, Lukas
2
71
73
144
FOOS, Dominic
2
75
69
144
GEYGER, Nico
2
71
73
144
MACINTYRE, Robert
2
76
68
144
GALBRAITH, JR
2
73
71
144
LEON, Hugo
2
73
71
144
MOYNIHAN, Gavin
2
73
71
144
GRANT, Stephen
2
72
72
144
95
JOHNSTON, Liam
3
73
72
145
ITEN, Marco
3
72
73
145
VAN DER VAART, Jurrian
3
73
72
145
MCBRIDE, Paul
3
73
72
145
MIGLIOZZI, Guido
3
71
74
145
HURLEY, Gary
3
77
68
145
MUNRO, Jack
3
72
73
145
SHARP, James
3
76
69
145
ACIKALIN (AM), Leon
3
73
72
145
104
MACCARIO, Federico
4
71
75
146
CASEY, Harry
4
75
71
146
MADSEN, Morten Ørum
4
75
71
146
LAW, David
4
72
74
146
SINGH BRAR (AM), Arrun
4
77
69
146
KILPATRICK, Richard
4
73
73
146
BERNA MANZANARES, Daniel
4
71
75
146
EVANS, Ben
4
71
75
146
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
4
75
71
146
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
4
68
78
146
ECCLES, Ben
4
76
70
146
BROOKS, Joe
4
73
73
146
FELDBORG NIELSEN, Christopher
4
71
75
146
117
DI NITTO, Enrico
5
67
80
147
WRIGHT, Gareth
5
74
73
147
119
ERKENBECK, James
6
74
74
148
RUTHERFORD, Jamie
6
72
76
148
LØKKE, Daniel
6
73
75
148
SAHLSTROM, Christopher
6
77
71
148
SAINZ, Javier
6
73
75
148
TRAPPEL, Manuel
6
75
73
148
ALLAN, James
6
71
77
148
COUSSAUD, Ugo
6
77
71
148
FITZGERALD, Ryan
6
72
76
148
128
MEJOW, Philipp
7
73
76
149
MADDY, Paul
7
73
76
149
TADINI, Alessandro
7
72
77
149
MARSH, Nick
7
75
74
149
BUIJS, Lars
7
75
74
149
GRAU TOMAS, Noel
7
75
74
149
BERNADET, Adrien
7
75
74
149
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios
7
75
74
149
MULLARNEY (AM), Ronan
7
73
76
149
HODKINSON, Adam
7
76
73
149
138
ADAMS, James
8
73
77
150
139
GREGORY, Scott
9
71
80
151
140
CAREY, David
10
75
77
152
BOASSON, Axel
10
78
74
152
FENASSE, Mathieu
10
74
78
152
TOWNDROW, Sean
10
76
76
152
CASEY, Brian
10
77
75
152
145
HOWARD, Paul
11
79
74
153
BERGAMASCHI, Filippo
11
75
78
153
KELLY, Phillip
11
77
76
153
148
DALLAT, Michael
12
82
72
154
PUIG, Xavi
12
75
79
154
150
CHAPMAN, Adam
14
75
81
156
FELDER, Zeno
14
81
75
156
VENTURA, Kristoffer
14
76
80
156
153
DILLON, Joe
22
84
80
164
W/D
AHOKAS, Antti
8
79
-
-
W/D
FORREST, Grant
10
81
-
-
W/D
TREE, Toby
Par
71
-
-
Pos.
Player
To Par
Total
1
KIM, Minkyu
-11
131
2
PEREZ, Victor
-10
132
SHARVIN, Cormac
-10
132
MANLEY, Stuart
-10
132
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
-10
132
6
KELLETT, Ross
-9
133
HENRY, Scott
-9
133
HILL, Calum
-9
133
9
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
-8
134
CALDWELL, Jonathan
-8
134
11
FERGUSON, Ewen
-7
135
12
LAPORTA, Francesco
-6
136
ØSTERBY, Victor Gebhard
-6
136
STEWART, Duncan
-6
136
15
GASPAR, Miguel
-5
137
ESPAÑA, Edouard
-5
137
MCDONALD, Jack
-5
137
ENOCH, Rhys
-5
137
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-5
137
STOW, Ben
-5
137
SAXTON, Reinier
-5
137
22
PARKER, Ben
-4
138
MCELROY, Dermot
-4
138
FINCH, Richard
-4
138
DEL MORAL, Carlos
-4
138
26
McGEADY, Michael
-3
139
LOCKE, Sam
-3
139
WHITE, Joshua
-3
139
EASTON, Bryce
-3
139
McGOWAN, Ross
-3
139
MCLEARY, Jamie
-3
139
32
BESSELING, Wil
-2
140
LAMPERT, Moritz
-2
140
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-2
140
RUUSKA, Lauri
-2
140
PHELAN, Kevin
-2
140
PERRIER, Damien
-2
140
MURRAY, Tom
-2
140
SINGH BRAR, Jack
-2
140
BRAEUNIG, Christian
-2
140
HUTSBY, Sam
-2
140
42
VAN WEST, Robbie
-1
141
JOANNES, Hugues
-1
141
VELASCO, Alvaro
-1
141
SELFRIDGE, Chris
-1
141
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
-1
141
GALIANO AGUILAR, Mario
-1
141
RITTHAMMER, Bernd
-1
141
KNAPPE, Alexander
-1
141
O'BRIAIN, Neil
-1
141
KUNZENBACHER, Julian
-1
141
TARREN, Callum
-1
141
CANTERO GUTIERREZ, Ivan
-1
141
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
-1
141
SENIOR, Jack
-1
141
BRUN, Julien
-1
141
DYSON, Simon
-1
141
58
GIRRBACH, Joel
Par
142
ORRIN, Max
Par
142
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
Par
142
CARLSSON, Magnus A
Par
142
DOHERTY, Jack
Par
142
O'ROURKE, Conor
Par
142
EINHAUS, Sean
Par
142
HELLGREN, Björn
Par
142
PALSON, Felix
Par
142
MØLLER, Niklas Norgaard
Par
142
LANGASQUE, Romain
Par
142
ROUSSEL, Robin
Par
142
SCHMITT, Max
Par
142
HUIZING, Daan
Par
142
KEARNEY, Niall
Par
142
73
OVESEN, Martin
1
143
CARLOTA, Joao
1
143
DOAK, Chris
1
143
MATUS, Stanislav
1
143
KIMSEY, Nathan
1
143
SANTOS, Ricardo
1
143
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
1
143
McCARROLL, Brendan
1
143
HESBOIS, Kevin
1
143
JOHANSSON, Niclas
1
143
HOEY, Michael
1
143
WILSON, Oliver
1
143
85
BROWN, Daniel
2
144
GREHAN, Stuart
2
144
NEMECZ, Lukas
2
144
FOOS, Dominic
2
144
GEYGER, Nico
2
144
MACINTYRE, Robert
2
144
GALBRAITH, JR
2
144
LEON, Hugo
2
144
MOYNIHAN, Gavin
2
144
GRANT, Stephen
2
144
95
JOHNSTON, Liam
3
145
ITEN, Marco
3
145
VAN DER VAART, Jurrian
3
145
MCBRIDE, Paul
3
145
MIGLIOZZI, Guido
3
145
HURLEY, Gary
3
145
MUNRO, Jack
3
145
SHARP, James
3
145
ACIKALIN (AM), Leon
3
145
104
MACCARIO, Federico
4
146
CASEY, Harry
4
146
MADSEN, Morten Ørum
4
146
LAW, David
4
146
SINGH BRAR (AM), Arrun
4
146
KILPATRICK, Richard
4
146
BERNA MANZANARES, Daniel
4
146
EVANS, Ben
4
146
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
4
146
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
4
146
ECCLES, Ben
4
146
BROOKS, Joe
4
146
FELDBORG NIELSEN, Christopher
4
146
117
DI NITTO, Enrico
5
147
WRIGHT, Gareth
5
147
119
ERKENBECK, James
6
148
RUTHERFORD, Jamie
6
148
LØKKE, Daniel
6
148
SAHLSTROM, Christopher
6
148
SAINZ, Javier
6
148
TRAPPEL, Manuel
6
148
ALLAN, James
6
148
COUSSAUD, Ugo
6
148
FITZGERALD, Ryan
6
148
128
MEJOW, Philipp
7
149
MADDY, Paul
7
149
TADINI, Alessandro
7
149
MARSH, Nick
7
149
BUIJS, Lars
7
149
GRAU TOMAS, Noel
7
149
BERNADET, Adrien
7
149
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios
7
149
MULLARNEY (AM), Ronan
7
149
HODKINSON, Adam
7
149
138
ADAMS, James
8
150
139
GREGORY, Scott
9
151
140
CAREY, David
10
152
BOASSON, Axel
10
152
FENASSE, Mathieu
10
152
TOWNDROW, Sean
10
152
CASEY, Brian
10
152
145
HOWARD, Paul
11
153
BERGAMASCHI, Filippo
11
153
KELLY, Phillip
11
153
148
DALLAT, Michael
12
154
PUIG, Xavi
12
154
150
CHAPMAN, Adam
14
156
FELDER, Zeno
14
156
VENTURA, Kristoffer
14
156
153
DILLON, Joe
22
164
W/D
AHOKAS, Antti
8
-
W/D
FORREST, Grant
10
-
W/D
TREE, Toby
Par
-