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Cool hand Luke, 19, keeps his nose in front.

TEENAGE star Luke Jackson will bid to complete a wire to wire victory in the Welsh Open Amateur Stroke Play championship today.

The 19-year-old former North Wales champion now attached to the Misterton club at Doncaster, opened with a stunning five under par 67 on Friday at Prestatyn, and followed that up with a 73 in the heat yesterday to be on 140 - four below par at the halfway stage.

Jackson, who played for Welsh boys when a member of the Mold club, goes into the third and penultimate round this morning two strokes clear of St Pierre's Richard Bentham, who in turn is two clear of a group of three, Pennard's James Frazer, Oxford's Craig Hinton and Ben Robinson.

Jackson slipped up at the tricky short 13th missing the green and finishing with a double bogey five and followed that up with back-toback bogeys, dropping four strokes in three holes on his way home in 37.

Bentham was out in a lacklustre 39 and looked as though he might struggle to stay on the heels of the leaders, having double bogeyed the par four six, but three birdies in the final four holes helped him to an inward nine 33 for a 72 to add to his 70 of the previous day.

James Frazer was out in 36, but his homeward half was like the parson's egg - he had three pars, three birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey, but is still very much in contention just four strokes off the pace.

A real surprise was the way Walker Cup captain Nigel Edwards crashed out of contention.

Edwards opened brightly with a 70, but faltered in his second round and finished with an unhappy triple bogey eight on Prestatyn's long final hole. He had slumped to four bogies and a double bogey during an outward half of 42, but seemed to have steadied the ship when that triple bogey disaster occurred.

On six over par with a total of 150, he just survived the half-way axe.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 27, 2012
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