Three-time winner Niall Gorey (Muskerry) is lurking just four strokes off the lead in the Munster Strokeplay at Cork Golf Club. Hard practice is paying for Cork’s Ian O’Flynn who fired rounds of 71 and 70 to take a one-stroke lead over clubmate Ian Murpyy into the final two rounds of the Munster Strokeplay Championship at Cork Golf Club.

O’Flynn tops the leaderboard on three under par with Kinsale’s Kieran McCarthy the only other player in red figures after a second round 69 left him alone in third on 143.

Killeen Castle course superintendent Mark Collins is fourth on level par with three-time Munster Strokeplay champion and this year’s West of Ireland Championship runner up Niall Gorey of Muskery just four off the pace in a three-way tie for fifth with fellow Muskerry man Sean Barry and 16-year old Jack O’Flynn, brother of tournament leader Ian.

Munster Amateur Strokeplay Championship, Cork Golf Club (Par 72, 6700 yards)

After 36 holes

141 Ian O’Flynn (Cork) 71 70

142 Ian Murphy (Cork) 74 68

143 Kieran McCarthy (Kinsale) 74 69

144 Mark Collins (Killeen Castle) 71 73

145 Sean Barry (Muskerry) 75 70, Niall Gorey (Muskerry) 73 72, Jack O’Flynn (Cork) 73 72

146 Matt McAlpin (Royal Portrush) 75 71, Dave O’Driscoll (Ballybunion) 71 75

147 Alan Thomas (Dungarvan) 76 71, Mark Shanahan (Castlemartyr) 73 74, Jonathan Yates (Naas) 73 74, Dave O’Donovan (Muskerry) 72 75

148 Shan McGlynn (Carton House) 76 72, Sean Carter (Stackstown/NUIM) 76 72, Simon Ward (Co Louth) 75 73, Ciaran McKenna (Mallow) 72 76, Eugene Smith Ardee 71 77.