Power extends lead to two at Irish Boys
 Mark Power (Kilkenny) lining up his putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 2016 Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship at Castle Golf Club. Picture by  Pat Cashman

Mark Power (Kilkenny) lining up his putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 2016 Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship at Castle Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Kilkenny's mark Power doubled his overnight lead when he carded a second round 69 to take a two shot-lead over Thomas Mulligan into the last two rounds of the Irish Boys Amateur Open at Castle.

Despite a two hour delay to the start of play because of heavy rain, the Peter McEvoy Trophy winner got off to a flying start with birdies at the first, second and third taking him to eight under for the championship.

Bogeys at the ninth, 14th and 15th pegged him back but he picked up a shot at the par-five 17th to post one of just three sub-par rounds on the day.

Co Louth star Mulligan also shot 69 to trail Power by two shots on four under with French raider Dmitri Mary adding a 68 to his opening 70 to sit alone in third on two under 138.

The top 50 and ties after 54 holes — the mark stood at nine over 149 through 36 — qualify for the final round.

Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship, Castle (Par 70)

Detailed scores

134 Mark Power (Kilkenny) 65 69 

136 Thomas Mulligan (Co. Louth) 67 69 

138 Dimitri Mary (France) 70 68 

141 Taylor Stote (England) 71 70, Arrun Singh Brar (England) 69 72, Cameron Raymond (Newlands) 67 74, John Brady (Rosslare) 66 75 

142 Andrew Hickey (Ballyhaunis) 72 70, Jack Ainscough (England) 70 72 

143 Freddie MacArthur (England) 71 72, Conor Byrne (Ireland) 70 73 

144 Hugo Riboud (France) 72 72, Ryan Corry (Clandeboye) 70 74, Patrick Somers (Grange) 69 75, Patrick Brennan (Belvoir Park) 68 76 

145 Eamonn O'Driscoll (Ireland) 74 71, Thomas Boulanger (France) 74 71, Robert Moran (Castle) 73 72, Peter Cummins (Lurgan) 73 72, Paul Kelly (Glasson) 72 73, Hugh O'Hare (Fortwilliam) 70 75, Aymeric Laussot (France) 68 77 

146 Andrew Mulhall (Waterford Castle) 76 70, Chayan Duha (France) 75 71, James Cronin (Woodbrook) 74 72, Charlie Thornton (England) 74 72, Michael McGurk (Warrenpoint) 73 73, John Murphy (Kinsale) 73 73, Allan Hill (Athenry) 73 73, Conor Hynds (Ardglass) 71 75, James Cooper (England) 70 76 

147 Jordan Logue (Hilton Templepatrick) 76 71, Tommy Doran (Balbriggan) 74 73, Jack Madden (Dungannon) 74 73, Niall Hearns (Mountrath) 73 74, Ross MacIntosh (France) 73 74, David Cunningham (Tandragee) 70 77 

148 Brian O'Connell (Bandon) 74 74, Charlie McDonnell (Castleblayney) 74 74, Tadeas Tetak (Slovakia) 74 74, Tommy Smyth (Castle) 74 74, Paddy Culhane (Galway) 74 74, Joseph Hanney (The Island) 71 77, Matthew Fitzsimons (Ardglass) 70 78 

149 Daniel McNally (Carton House) 79 70, Quentin Debove (France) 76 73, Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick) 76 73, Kevin Power (Kilkenny) 75 74, Shane Kearney (Esker Hills) 75 74, Connor Mulholland (Mount Juliet) 74 75 

150 Michael Wylde (Killiney) 80 70, Brian Staunton (Mount Juliet) 80 70, Jason Murphy (Greenore) 77 73, Micheal Shiel (Athenry) 76 74, David McAleenon (Edenmore) 75 75, Sean Desmond (Monkstown) 75 75, Nathan McCann (Lurgan) 74 76, Jack Doherty (Carton House) 74 76, Jack Hearn (Tramore) 73 77, Matthew Grehan (Tullamore) 73 77, Hyest Hugo (France) 72 78, Owen Crooks (Bushfoot) 71 79, Mark Healy (Kinsale) 71 79 

151 Quim Vidal Mora (Spain) 78 73, Harry Duggan (Kilkenny) 77 74, Ross Nelson (Belvoir Park) 77 74, Conor Rice (Athlone) 77 74, Charles Larcelet (France) 76 75, Jake Benson (England) 75 76, Brendan Rossiter (Rosslare) 74 77, Niklas Blyth (Germany) 74 77, Tom Trowbridge (England) 70 81 

152 Gabriel Gribben (Fortwilliam) 80 72, Ross Kelly (Tuam) 75 77, Jake Vickers (Balbriggan) 72 80 

153 Tom Vaillant (France) 79 74, Cillian Moloney (Fota Island) 78 75, Eric Rumley (Kinsale) 77 76, Ben Graham (Knock) 76 77, Lucas Mota Pascual (Spain) 76 77, Andrea Milazzo (France) 75 78, Tom Gueant (France) 75 78, Ryan Morrisson (England) 74 79, Ciaran Vaughan (Limerick) 73 80 

154 Andrew Gavin (Black Bush) 80 74, Darren Hourihan (Douglas) 80 74, Mikey Burke (Galway) 78 76, Robert Galligan (Elm Park) 78 76, Odhran Maguire (Slieve Russell) 78 76, Harry Gillivan (Westport) 78 76, Marius Cara (France) 78 76, David Kitt (Athenry) 78 76, Ferdinand Le Tendre (France) 77 77, Yvan Ducler (France) 76 78, Jonathan Hayden (The Royal Dublin) 76 78, Jack Tuohy (Galway Bay) 76 78, Brian Fehily (Newlands) 75 79, Aaron Ryan (Thurles) 75 79, Charlie Denvir (Powerscourt) 75 79, Marc McKinstry (Cairndhu) 75 79, Aaron Lennie (Clandeboye) 75 79, David Burns (Cushendall) 71 83 

155 Legros Maxime (France) 81 74, David O'Reilly (Carton House) 80 75, Darragh Smith (Castle) 80 75, Manel Beltran-Pomedio (Spain) 78 77, Marin Maeti (France) 77 78, Oriol Martinez-Lozano (Spain) 76 79, Jeff Kealy (Kilkenny) 76 79, James Temple (Portmarnock) 75 80 

156 Alan Fahy (Dun Laoghaire) 80 76, Robert Abernethy (Dun Laoghaire) 78 78, Sean Kestell (Woodbrook) 77 79, Ashley Emerson (Ardglass) 76 80, Jake Rowe (Tandragee) 76 80, Cathal Hastings (Castlebar) 75 81, Ben Hynes (Greystones) 72 84 

157 Paddy Bird (Co. Sligo) 82 75, Cian Mooney (Faithlegg) 79 78, Gareth Carr (Mullingar) 76 81, Richard Duggan (Kilkenny) 73 84 

158 Sean Burke (Galway) 81 77, Stewart McCaw (Royal Belfast) 78 80, Michael O'Farrell (Galway) 78 80, Charlie Dawson (Tramore) 75 83 

159 Calum Spicer (Dromoland) 82 77, Conor Ruane (Galway Bay) 81 78, Ian Halpin (Cahir Park) 80 79, Patrick Cunnane (Malone) 78 81, Mats Markovits (Netherlands) 76 83 

160 Louis Theys (Belgium) 82 78, Liam Dowling (Mallow) 81 79, Lorcan O'Sullivan (The Heritage Golf Club) 81 79, Conor McDonald (Lurgan) 78 82, Niall Grant (The Island) 77 83, Christopher Taylor (Kanturk) 74 86 

161 Ryan Eccles (Carton House) 82 79, Raphael Le Bot (France) 80 81, Sean Doyle (Athlone) 80 81 

162 Nicolas Muller (France) 85 77, Tyrone Clarke (Royal Portrush) 83 79, Adam Boland (Mallow) 81 81, Robert Downes (Galway Bay) 80 82, Louis O'Hara (Athenry) 79 83 

163 Rory Murphy (Powerscourt) 86 77, Dara Phelan (Faithlegg) 77 86, Ciaran Henry (Strandhill) 75 88 

165 Seamus Burke (Mount Juliet) 80 85 

167 Ryan Thompson (Greenacres) 88 79, Jack McGarry (Rosslare) 85 82 

168 Oisin O'Driscoll (Ireland) 85 83 

170 Joseph Keyes (Co. Sligo) 90 80, William Eardley (England) 89 81 

172 Michael Kennelly (Athenry) 87 85 

WD Zach Glynn (Bray) 77 WD, Bill Hannan (Carton House) 82 WD.