Furlong, who had tied a course record with a three-under par 69 on Monday, followed up with a 75 on Tuesday, giving him a seven-stoke advantage over Jaron Flynn, another Bally Haly entrant, heading into today, the final day of play in the competition, which features nearly 100 male and female golfers comepeting in eight divisions.
Despite the sunshine and warm temperatures that have predominated in Newfoundland lately, early-morning fog has twice delayed the start of play. On Tuesday, action begin 40 minutes later than scheduled, but excellent conditions prevailed after that.
Furlong is one of many golfers who qualifies in more than one division, and as such leads both the men's amateur and mid-amateur.
In the men's amateur, Nikashantess Penashue from Amaruk, senior division leader Chuck Conley of Bally Haly and George Chaulk of Harmon Seaside Links in Stephenville are tied for third with two-day totals of 153.
They are among seven golfers within four shots of Flynn's 151 total. It would be eight if Bally Haly's Don Boland, who leads the super seniors with a 155, was entered in the men's amateur.
Judy Gillam of Humber Valley Resort tops all four women's divisions after carding an 81 Tuesday for a two-day total of 167.
In the ladies' amateur, mid-amateur and senior, that put Gillam ahead of Day 1 co-leaders Janet Mills (169) and Gale Roberts (174) of Bally Haly, who sit second and third.
The competition at The Wilds is being used to select provincial teams for Atlantic and national championships later this summer.