Northern Ireland Open R2

Di Nitto takes maiden lead in Northern Ireland

September 03-06
Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort, Ballymena, Northern Ireland
€200,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Northern Ireland Open R2 - Di Nitto takes maiden lead in Northern Ireland
Enrico Di Nitto. (Credit: Getty Images)


The Italian was one over at the turn but six back nine birdies earned him a four under par round and a six under par total, therefore handing him a one-stroke lead over England’s Robert Dinwiddie and Iceland’s Gudmundur Kristjansson at end of the second round at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.


Enrico Di Nitto holds an overnight lead for the first time in his European Challenge Tour career after posting a four under par round of 66 on Day Two of the Northern Ireland Open Supported by The R&A.

Di Nitto, who earned a Challenge Tour card for 2020 via the Satellite Alps Tour last year, leads a Challenge Tour event for the first time but will try to approach tomorrow’s third round with the same mindset as usual.



“It’s really, really tough out there because of the wind and some rain,” he said. “We’re not too used to it in Italy so it’s kind of new. The tee shot is pretty important here. I played pretty well from the tee and I holed great putts, so I’m pretty happy with that.

“The change was the birdie on 12. It was raining really heavily and I had a putt for birdie. I holed it so that changed my mindset a little bit and that was it.


“I’ll try not to think too much about the lead. It’s new for me on the Challenge Tour, I think it’s the first time, so it will be tough. I’ll try to think shot-by-shot and I’m just going to see what’s going on.”

The 27-year-old is looking to emulate countryman Francesco Laporta, who was crowned Road to Mallorca Number One last year after winning twice in his final three events of the year, including the Challenge Tour Grand Final.

“I admire Francesco because of his attitude,” he said. “I love seeing him around the course because he has a brutal mentality. I just think if he can do it, then why not?”





The tied-second duo of Dinwiddie and Kristjansson lead a group of five players in tied fourth on four under par, including Englishman Ryan Evans who posted a five under par round of 65. He’s joined in a tie for fourth by Belgium’s Christopher Mivis, English duo Bradley Moore and Alfie Plant, and Denmark’s Martin Ovesen.

The low round of the day – and the week – went to England’s Richard Mansell. After posting a five over par 75 in the first round, he roared into contention with a bogey-free seven under par 63 on Day Two to sit on two under par, four shots off the lead. A total of 64 players survived the cut of three over par.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
DI NITTO, Enrico
-6
68
66
2
KRISTJANSSON, Gudmundur
-5
68
67
DINWIDDIE, Robert
-5
69
66
4
OVESEN, Martin
-4
68
68
PLANT, Alfie
-4
67
69
MIVIS, Christopher
-4
69
67
EVANS, Ryan
-4
71
65
MOORE, Bradley
-4
67
69
9
NEIL, Bradley
-3
70
67
TARRIO, Santiago
-3
69
68
9
HELLGREN, Björn
-3
68
69
12
PETERSSON, Robin
-2
70
68
RUSCH, Benjamin
-2
71
67
MANSELL, Richard
-2
75
63
BULLEN, Michael
-2
72
66
QUESNE, Julien
-2
66
72
KOIVISTO, Tyler
-2
67
71
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh
-2
69
69
19
FAHRBRING, Jens
-1
71
68
ROSS, Craig
-1
68
71
MANLEY, Stuart
-1
69
70
YOUNG, Daniel
-1
68
71
WILSON, Andrew
-1
71
68
O’ROURKE, Conor
-1
69
70
ROBB, Chris
-1
71
68
19
ENEFER, Will
-1
71
68
27
HIGGO, Garrick
PAR
72
68
FORD, Matt
PAR
70
70
BERARDO, Clément
PAR
67
73
KEMMER, Dodge
PAR
68
72
CANNON, Christopher
PAR
68
72
FERNANDEZ, Scott
PAR
73
67
GALBRAITH, JR
PAR
70
70
KIMSEY, Nathan
PAR
69
71
35
DANTORP, Jens
1
72
69
VAN WEST, Robbie
1
70
71
KNAPPE, Alexander
1
71
70
GALIANO AGUILAR, Mario
1
69
72
TALBOT, Ben
1
68
73
NEMECZ, Lukas
1
74
67
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
1
74
67
KEARNEY, Niall
1
71
70
JOHANSSON, Niclas
1
70
71
ALLAN, James
1
69
72
45
BJORNSSON, Andri
2
73
69
BLOOR, George
2
72
70
FLOYDD, Jack
2
70
72
LÄNGFORS, Per
2
70
72
BOOTE, David
2
72
70
STUREHED, Henric
2
71
71
45
AXELSEN, John
2
71
71
LUNDBERG, Mikael
2
68
74
ELLIS, Harry
2
71
71
WILLEY, Andrew
2
70
72
SLOMAN, Tom
2
70
72
GRENVILLE-WOOD, Joshua
2
69
73
WAITE, Mitch
2
73
69
GREGORY, Scott
2
74
68
59
BORDA, David
3
71
72
EGGENBERGER, Mathias
3
78
65
PALMER, Andrew
3
70
73
KOPP, Alexander
3
73
70
MAGNUS, Haraldur
3
73
70
ORRIN, Max
3
74
69
Cut
65
ELVIRA, Manuel
4
71
73
144
WIEGELE, Martin
4
74
70
144
BOURDY, Grégory
4
72
72
144
CASTAGNARA, Giulio
4
70
74
144
MCKIBBIN, Tom (AM)
4
71
73
144
DUBOIS, Edouard
4
71
73
144
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
4
72
72
144
LACROIX, Frederic
4
73
71
144
SAHLSTROM, Christopher
4
73
71
144
74
MULLARNEY, Ronan
5
73
72
145
ARKENAU, Hinrich
5
70
75
145
SANDBORG, Jesper
5
72
73
145
KRISTENSEN, Nicolai
5
73
72
145
TOWNDROW, Sean
5
70
75
145
HURLEY, Gary
5
73
72
145
80
HOEY, Michael
6
76
70
146
WOAN, Harrison
6
76
70
146
SAINZ, Javier
6
73
73
146
GIRRBACH, Joel
6
74
72
146
HARRISON, Jack
6
78
68
146
85
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
7
78
69
147
ZEMMER, Aron
7
73
74
147
MATUS, Stanislav
7
72
75
147
QUINONES, Douglas
7
71
76
147
RIU, Victor
7
71
76
147
90
WRISDALE, Jordan
8
71
77
148
GILL, Bailey
8
76
72
148
KING, Gary
8
73
75
148
KUNZENBACHER, Julian
8
74
74
148
HUTCHINSON, Ben
8
74
74
148
GAVINS, Daniel
8
70
78
148
WALKER, Euan
8
68
80
148
97
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
9
75
74
149
OWEN, Laurie
9
72
77
149
MØLLER, Niklas Norgaard
9
76
73
149
BRAEUNIG, Christian
9
72
77
149
97
CAREY, David
9
71
78
149
GREHAN, Stuart
9
73
76
149
DU PLESSIS, Hennie
9
78
71
149
PURCELL, Conor
9
74
75
149
105
MACCARIO, Federico
10
72
78
150
CLEMENTS, Todd
10
71
79
150
MCELROY, Dermot
10
76
74
150
108
MORY, Felix
11
77
74
151
FOLLETT-SMITH, Benjamin
11
73
78
151
HARMER, Ryan
11
77
74
151
JOHN, Allen
11
76
75
151
LIPPARELLI, Edoardo Raffaele
11
80
71
151
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
11
76
75
151
114
HILL, Josh (AM)
12
76
76
152
HASSAN, Jacob
12
80
72
152
116
DAWSON, Robin
13
76
77
153
MCBRIDE, Paul
13
79
74
153
HENRY, Scott
13
75
78
153
LAWLOR, Brendan
13
74
79
153
120
PENGE, Marco
14
70
84
154
121
FERREIRA, Stephen
15
79
76
155
KNIPES, Curtis
15
74
81
155
123
OCHOA, Juan
17
82
75
157
124
RUSH, Michael
18
80
78
158
125
DAUX, Franck
22
81
81
162
126
GRASSOTTI, Massimo
23
80
83
163
W/D
THOMSON, Jonathan
78
78
RETD
KÖLBING, Jonas
78
RETD
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
74