England’s John Parry, a teammate of Rory McIlroy and David Horsey in the Walker Cup two years ago, moved into halfway lead in the Credit Suisse Challenge in Switzerland with a six under par 67.
Seven birdies and only one dropped shot at Wylihof Golf Club, Luterbach, took Parry to ten under par 136 and one clear of Sweden’s Bjorn Pettersson.
The 22 year old Parry is embarking on his first season on the Challenge Tour from where he hopes to follow his teammates onto The European Tour. Four of the 2007 Walker Cup team – Jonathan Caldwell, Horsey, McIlroy and Danny Willett – have made it onto The European Tour, with McIlory also making his winning breakthrough, and Parry hopes it won’t be long before is joins them.
Parry played with Horsey at Royal County Down against the United States and will have taken inspiration from his partner’s success in finishing Challenge Tour Number One last year.
Currently 32nd in the Challenge Tour Rankings, Parry needs to climb into the top 20 by the end of the season to earn a place on The European Tour and is laying some solid foundations to his fledgling professional career.
The par fives proved the key to his low second round as he birdied all five on another sweltering day in Switzerland. His round was all the more impressive in that he didn’t get a practice round after only finding out he was in the field on Tuesday.
“I just played nice and steady and took advantage of the par fives,” he said. “I was able to either get on the greens or close enough for a chip and putt. It was good solid golf.”
Pettersson picked up five birdies without dropping a shot to lie one off the pace on nine under par, with Frenchman Julien Quesne a further shot adrift after a round of 69. American Nathan Smith, Australian Tony Carolan and Spain’s Carl Suneson lie on seven under par.