BOOM Charlestown right-hander Blake Windred is on track to be the first Australian to win the European Amateur Golf Championship in 30 years.
The 20-year-old carded a second consecutive round of 69 (-3) to climb to six under and top of the leader board at the halfway point.
David Ecob was the last Australian to lift the trophy, winning the second edition in 1988. Victory would also secure a start in the British Open against the professionals.
Windred was solid early and turned at even par. He slipped to one over after consecutive bogeys at 11 and 12, before peeling off birdies at the 13th, 15th, 16th and 18th.
Perry Cohen, the leader after round one, is one shot back on five-under-par after shooting level-par on Thursday.
Nicolai Hojgaard, Denmark, sits tied for third place on four-under-par with Alexander Herrmann, who made two eagles in the first round, one of which was an ace.
Giovanni Tadiotto shot the lowest score of the tournament on Thursday, a six-under-par 66 featuring seven birdies. The Belgian climbed 83 spots up the leaderboard after improving on his first round score by 14 strokes.
The top 60 players plus ties will make the 54-hole cut after round three on Friday.
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