Tough day for the Irish in Colombia
England's Paul Howard. Picture via

England's Paul Howard. Picture via

Stephen Healy fired a brave 75 on another tough day for the Irish in the second round of the South American Amateur Championship in Colombia.

On a day when scores soared into the 80s and 90s at Barranquilla Country Club, the Claremorris man's three over par effort moved him up to joint 27th on 10 over after he had shot 79 using borrowed clubs in the first round.

Men's scoreboard

Women's scoreboard

Reunited with his clubs now, Healy is now looking forward to making a move up the leaderboard over the weekend.

"I could have done without all this but am good to go for the last two rounds now, try to finish as high as possible," said Healy. 

"I would have gotten away without my clubs if it wasnt so windy but you really have to flight the ball properly and control the distances, which went out the window for me unfortunately.

"It's disappointing because I'm playing quite well. So I need to show that now for last two rounds."

Just three players broke par in the men's championship on day two and none in the women's on another testing day. But the conditions didn't appear to bother England's Paul Howard, who shot a three under 69 to lead by a shot from compatriot Jimmy Mullen, (77) the overnight leader, on four under par.

Tullamore's Stuart Grehan followed his opening 80 with a 79 to share 41st place on 15 over while in the women's competition, Castletroy's Chloe Ryan is tied for 23rd on 19 over after a disappointing 86.

Scotland's Gemma Dryburgh (77) and Finland's Oona Vartiainen (76) lead by four shots on six over with Holywood's Jessica Carty tied for 31st on 22 over after an 85.