BEN Stow played the best golf of the Brabazon Trophy so far to take the lead in England’s strokeplay championship.
The USA-based Dorset golfer, with a dad from Newcastle, shot a five under par 68 at Seaton Carew to reach the halfway point on 137 (nine under par).
Stow took a one-stroke lead over three Celtic golfers, Scotland’s Scott Gibson and Ireland duo Stuart Grehan and Gavin Moynihan.
Joint overnight leader Tom Fox shot a one-over-par 74 earlier to fall back to four under par for the compeition.
Norway’s Sebastian Andersen, who was level with Fox overnight after a 68 on Wednesday, fared less well today, registering a 77 today to make the cut on one under par.
For Stow, it was a dream day on the Seaton links. He hit the ball so well and so far he had three eagle attempts.
The 22-year-old, who is on a golf scholarship at Kentucky University, said: “My drives and irons off the tee were really good.
“I played the par fives in four under par and I birdied the 10th, probably the hardest hole on the course, which I’m really pleased about.”
Gibson, the first player out on the course this morning at 7am, shot a 69 at the famous links.
Grehan, from Tullamore, who teed off at 840am came in with a 69 for a 141 mid-point.
Fellow Irishman, Moynihan, playing in the same group as Norway’s Andersen, carded a 70.