Day Two recap – Colm Moriarty thrives on marathon day at NI Open

Will Besseling (NED) at the Tayto Northern Ireland Open in partnership with Ulster Bank at Galgorm Castle Golf Club,  Golffile | Thos Caffrey

Will Besseling (NED) at the Tayto Northern Ireland Open in partnership with Ulster Bank at Galgorm Castle Golf Club,
Golffile | Thos Caffrey

Colm Moriarty thrived during a marathon day of golf at Galgorm Castle to move into the top 10 at the Tayto NI Open in partnership with Ulster Bank.
The 37-year-old carded a five under par 65 to finish day two alongside Gary Hurley as the leading Irishmen in a truly international field.
At six under par, Colm is three shots behind the leader, Dutchman Wil Besseling, who followed up an opening round 68 with a 65.
“I played quite nicely. Played lovely this afternoon and holed a few putts,” said Colm.

“If you keep it out of the rough I suppose it makes the course playable, if you are in the rough it’s difficult.”

The tournament is still playing catch-up after torrential rain on Thursday led to a six hour delay.
Colm was amongst 78 players who were forced to come back to complete their opening rounds on Friday before filing out again to play round two.
“It’s a long time since I played 30 holes in a day! I had no expectations this week, I just came up to see how I got on,” added Colm who is lodging with Tournament Ambassador, Michael Hoey, this week.
“I am trying to enjoy the week, not do anything different, just approach it as you would a pro-am.”
Besseling, who played in the same group as Colm described himself as ‘exhausted’ but ‘happy’ to be on top of the leaderboard.
“My putting was very good today and that helped me reach this score. I kept it in play and holed a few good putts,” said Wil.
“The course is very good, the greens are firming up now. It’s rolling nicely and it’s not too wet. We place the ball, which makes it a bit easier sometimes but the course is in great condition.
“We had to get up early this morning and finish the first round. Half an hour later we started the second.
“That’s the way it goes and everybody knows that’s the way it is. It’s nice to have played well and be on top of the leaderboard, but the guys who are out there will make some birdies so we’ll see what happens.”

Tournament officials are confident that everything will be back on track by the end of play on Saturday. Those players who don’t manage to complete round two on Friday will wrap things up on Saturday morning before the cut is made and round three gets underway.
One player who won’t be around is 13-year-old Tom McKibbin who followed up an opening round 80 with a highly creditable 76 to miss the cut. The teenager was far from despondent, describing the whole experience as ‘enjoyable’.
The 13-year-old, who received an invite into the tournament courtesy of Niall Horan’s Modest Golf Management company, relished the chance to mix it with the professionals.
“I was two under through seven holes today, made a couple of mistakes, and had a bad finish on the last but apart from that I was happy,” said Tom who ended the tournament on 14 over par.
“I liked the walk up the 18th but didn’t enjoy my golf on the last [he finished with a seven].
“I don’t mind people watching, it feels weird when lots of people clap, but I’m sure I will get used to it.”

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