New Zealand golfer Daniel Hillier invited his tournament to take the half-time lead in the World Invitational on Friday.
Hillier put in nine birdies and one bogey in a second round of 62 at Galgorm Castle to reach 11 under par, a shot in front of the leader at night Jordan Smith, which followed its opening 62 at Galgorm with a 68 at Massereene Golf Club.
Hillier, who is in 678th place, does not have full playing rights on any tour, but ended the track record with a 64 at Hollinwell in the final qualifier for the British Open this month. He almost missed the cut at Royal St George’s.
At the women’s event, American Emma Talley opened up a three-shot lead over compatriot Jennifer Kupcho and South Korean Chella Choi thanks to a stormy finish to her second round at Massereene.
Talley was furious with herself after placing a second bogey of the day on the par-4 second, her 11th hole, but responded with five birdies in the final six to score an excellent 65 and 13 under par. reach.
England’s Charley Hull scored a second consecutive 68 to take four shots off the pass, along with Scottish Gemma Dryburgh, who led 66 after an opening and added a 70 on Friday.