Englishman climbs to the lead in Futures golf event

EYES ON THE BALL: South African Thinus Rosslee watches his shot during round two of competition at Ballarat Golf Club on Wednesday. Rosslee shot a round of +8. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

EYES ON THE BALL: South African Thinus Rosslee watches his shot during round two of competition at Ballarat Golf Club on Wednesday. Rosslee shot a round of +8. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

English golfer Mathew Webb has charged to a one-shot lead after the second round of the National Futures Championship in Ballarat.

Webb sat equal sixth after the opening round of play, but fired a one-under score of 71 to climb to the top of the leaderboard.

He is now one over the card at the half-way point of the tournament at Ballarat Golf Club.

Webb leads by a stroke from Adam Burdett, who managed to emulate his round one effort of 73 on Wednesday.

Currently sitting tied for third place is Andrew Crabb and Hayden Webb, a shot behind Burdett.

Crabb shot par in round two, while Hayden Webb was two over.

Overnight leader Jason Butt had a disappointing day on the course, with his seven-over score of 79 seeing him slip to equal 10th.

The cut was drawn at +12, with 50 golfers making it through to the second half of the competition.

Round three of the tournament, which is for trainee golf professionals and has a prize purse of $57,500, gets underway from 7.30am on Thursday.

LEADERBOARD

ROUND 2

(Par score 144)

Mathew Webb +1

Adam Burdett +2

Andrew Crabb +3

Hayden Webb +3

Correy Price +4

Mitchell Anketell +4

John Bae +4