THE OAKS' James Walker moved into a share of the lead at the Lytham Trophy after a bogey free four-under-par 66 at Royal Lytham & St Annes GC.
Walker, who won the Selborne Salver two weeks ago, got off to an excellent start with birdies at the first two holes.
He added two more - at holes seven and nine - before reeling off nine consecutive pars.
He is on level par alongside first-round pacesetter Alfie Plant, of Sundridge Park (67 73) and Kedleston Park GC's Bradley Moore.
Yorkshire champion Jamie Bower, who is 27th after two successive 74s, was one under for his round through eight holes.
But a run of three bogeys on the spin was followed by a triple bogey at the 467-yard par-4 15th, although the Gauteng North Open and Southern Cape Open title holder responded well with a birdie at 16.
Hull GC's Steve Robins added a 78 to his opening 76 and recent Lindrick Scratch Open winner Ben Brewster (Wheatley GC) is two shots back of him (79 77).
Shipley GC's England A international Will Whiteoak is on 159 (80 79) and Rotherham GC's Jonathan Thomson on 162 (76 86).
Dutch Junior Open champion Dan Brown (Bedale GC) was disqualified for signing for an incorrect score on the final hole of his second round,