Japan's Kenta Konishi leads day 2 of Junior Open

Lundin Golf ClubOvernight leader Daniel Nielsen from Denmark dropped out of pole position after a second-round 74, as day two of the 2010 Junior Open Championship reached its conclusion. The new leader is Kenta Konishi, a 16-year-old from Japan, who plays off plus four. Konishi returned a three-under-par 68, the lowest round of the tournament so far, to set a target of three-under-par 139.

Having posted his total early in the afternoon, Konishi remained at the top of the leaderboard unchallenged for the rest of a long day. He will start the final day with a three-stroke lead.

Nielsen slipped back after a round which included a double-bogey seven at the ninth, after he drove out of bounds on the right.

“The conditions were a little bit more difficult today with the wind,” said the 14-year-old one-handicapper, who helped Denmark finish third in Turkey in the European Boys’ Team Championship. He did not fly into Edinburgh Airport until 5pm on Sunday, leaving no time to squeeze in a practice round.

“I didn’t putt as well today as I did for the 69.”

Konishi, who had a level-par 71 in the first round, notched four birdies and a solitary bogey in halves of 35 and 33 for his 68. He birdied the third, eighth, 12th and 13th.

Guillermo Pereira from Chile took over second place after a 69 for 142, a shot ahead of Daniel Nielsen and Australia’s Anthony Murdaca, who improved from 74 to 69 despite the more difficult conditions.

England’s Nick Ward kept his hopes alive with a 71 for a two-round total of 144, five shots behind the leader. But Scotland’s Ewan Scott has seven strokes to make up after a 76 for 146.

The leading girl is Hyo-Joo Kim from Korea, whose second-round 70 for a level-par total of 142. The 14-year-old one-handicapper from Seoul leads by only one shot from Thailand’s Pinrath Loomboonruang, who had a 70 to add to an opening round of 73.

Two shots further back, sharing third place, are Cecilia Cho, the 15-year-old from New Zealand, who plays off plus five, and Hikari Fujita from Japan. Cecilia had a double bogey at one hole on her way to a 73, while Hikari improved by five strokes for a 70.

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