Redbourn Golf Club junior Harry Bigham is setting a hot pace after two rounds of the Reid Trophy at Enville Golf Club.
The joint overnight leader went round the Staffordshire course in 68 for a total of 138 – six under par – to open a four-stroke lead over his nearest rival.
What’s more, Bigham is breaking new ground. Not only is he heading a multiple round national championship for the first time, but his two cards this week are his first under par returns.
“Yesterday was the first time I have ever broken par and I’ve done the same today,” he said. “I’ve shot level before but never under par.
“It’s my first time to be leading an event of this many rounds so I don’t know if I’m a good front-runner,” he added.
The 14-year-old started on the 10th tee and reached the turn in 34 with three birdies and one bogey.
He repeated the performance on the front nine with another three birdies to take his haul to six overall.
“My iron play was not good on my outward nine but it was good coming home where I hit a lot of shots close,” he added.
“The course was much softer after the overnight rain but I just stuck to my plan. I just played steadily, laying up on the par fives and just playing to the centre of the greens.”
It was a policy that paid off and it might have been even better but his 12 foot putt on the eighth lipped out to give him his only homeward bogey.
Thomas Boulanger from France, who shared the first round lead with Bigham, added a level-par 72 containing four birdies.
“The course was a little softer today and my driving and putting was good,” said the 14-year-old from Toulon.
Tadeas Tetak, the Slovenian from Florida, got his round off like a train from the first.
He birdied the first and third and threatened the lead, but a double bogey at the fifth and another dropped shot at six pulled him up in his tracks.
After turning in 37 he came home in 35 with two more birdies.
“After the sixth I got the pars going and relied on my three-wood off the tee. I only used my driver once,” he said.
Yorkshire’s diminutive Barclay Brown lies joint fourth on 147, three over par, after a 72, alongside Hermes Ferchaud from France, who returned 73.
The second best round of the day was returned by Italy’s Andrea Romano, a 71 which leaves him in equal sixth spot on 149.
The cut came at 160, 16 over par, with 78 players qualifying for tomorrow’s final round.