Paul Waring continued the dream start to his professional career by surging into the lead at the European Challenge Tour’s POSTBANK Challenge presented by Marcel Siem after a brilliant second round of nine under par 62 left him one shot ahead in Germany.
The 22 year old from the Wirral, who played at this year’s Open Championship, turned professional just a fortnight ago, making his pro debut on the Challenge Tour at last week’s Lexus Open, where he finished in 24th place.
Having found his feet in the company of some of Europe’s brightest young professionals, Waring travelled to Germany as an invitee, carding a first round 68 at the Golfclub Mülheim an der Ruhr on the outskirts of Düsseldorf before storming into the lead with his second round 62 to move to 12 under 130, one clear of Scotland’s Andrew McArthur, with Felipe Aguilar of Chile and Frenchman Sebastian Delagrange a further stroke back.
“I have been playing well for a while and it just all clicked together today,” said Waring who posted nine birdies and nine pars on a blemish-free scorecard.
“I actually had a few more proper chances – I missed a five footer for birdie on 17 – but I’m pretty pleased with that.
“Norway was a good event for me last week because I ticked off a lot of things that are good to get out of the way when you turn pro. I made the cut, shot under par and managed to finish in a pretty decent position for my first event so it was a nice start.
“My plan was always to turn pro this year and when I got the invite to Norway I just went for it because I wanted to get used to everything looking ahead to The Tour School. That’s my main aim, so I am looking at whatever happens out here as a bonus.”
Waring, who represented England at all levels as an amateur and narrowly missed out on a place on the Great Britain and Ireland Team for the forthcoming Walker Cup, has enjoyed a fairytale summer, playing in The Open alongside former Champion Ben Curtis of the USA and Australian Aaron Baddeley – a two time winner on the US PGA Tour.
He also managed to squeeze in practice rounds with European Tour champions Niclas Fasth of Sweden and the South African Trevor Immelman at Carnoustie.
“I spoke to so many people at The Open – everyone I could – and learned so much, mostly about myself and that I could cope under that sort of pressure,” said Waring.
Waring will find a new type of pressure this weekend, as he looks to complete that dream start to his professional career by securing a maiden victory in Germany.
While Waring was on the attack during his excellent 62, second placed McArthur McArthur continued his “conservative approach” to plotting a maiden professional win at the POSTBANK Challenge presented by Marcel Siem.
The Scotsman, who has not dropped a stroke in the first 36 holes the Golfclub Mülheim an der Ruhr carded a second round 67 for his 11 under 131 halfway total.
The 28 year old Glaswegian is seeking the victory that would take him to the brink of winning a place on The European Tour via the top 20 on the Challenge Tour Rankings.
“I’m just plodding along nicely,” said McArthur, currently 21st on the Rankings. “I’m going for the conservative approach this week and it seems to be working for me.
“I’m pretty much playing target golf, trying to focus on picking my spot and I have managed to do it for most of the first two rounds.”
Patrick Niederdrenk remains the leading German player in the field on five under after a level par second round.