Hovland Takes One Shot Lead in Men's Individual at Youth Olympics

Youth Olympic Games - Nanjing 2014 - Viktor HOVLAND, Team NOR

Viktor Hovland from Oslo, Norway shot a second round 68 to lead the field by one going into the final round of the Men’s Individual Stroke Play at the Youth Olympic Games.

The 16-year-old’s only bogey came on the first, his 10th, but his round was otherwise perfect with five birdies and 12 pars.

“I’m pretty happy,” Hovland said.  “I played good today, I had some bad shots too but I hit some quality approaches and made some birdies.

“I have done what I could and I have set myself in a good position to contend tomorrow. Let’s see how it goes.”

Thailand’s Danthai Boonma shot a two-under-par 70 to sit in Silver Medal position with a round to go. The 18-year-old, from Panya Indra Golf Club in Bangkok, started on the 10th and struggled with the greens during his front nine.  He made birdies on the sixth and seventh holes (his 15th and 16th) to build on his opening round 67 and finish just one shot back of Hovland going into the final round.

“My putting wasn’t good but I was still even par through nine holes,” said Boonma.

“My back nine was better, I made two birdies and it put me in a good position.  I want to win tomorrow. I would love to win the Gold Medal.”

Marcus Kinhult, from Sweden, finished one shot back after a second round 72. Kinhult, who started on the 10th, made three birdies in his first five holes before a double bogey six at the 18th (his 9th).

“Today wasn’t as good as yesterday. I got off to a good start but then I was struggling on my back nine.

“I know Viktor quite well. We have played a lot.  Last time we played in a match in April he beat me. Hopefully I can get the better of him tomorrow.”

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