Castleknock’s David Carey has seemingly ridden the wave of a maiden win to First Stage European Tour Q-School after posting an untouchable halfway number at Bogogno in Italy.
After picking up his first pro win on the Alps Tour last month in a performance that included a spectacular 57, the Dubliner went low again in firing a sizzling 61 to follow his opening day 66 to move to 17-under par through 36 holes.
Unsurprisingly, that sets the pace by a whopping five shots as Carey looks to secure his ticket to Second Stage in November.
With around 20 golfers progressing from each venue to Stage Two, there’s plenty of other Irish interest with Conor O’Rourke bursting into life with a second round 63.
A regular roommate of Careys on Tour, the pair fired 20-under par between them at Bogogno Resort with the Naas pro, who’s been battling injury all season, inside the top-5 at 10-under par.
Fellow Naas pro, Jonathan Yates could only add an even par effort to his two-under par opening to be sitting just outside the top-40 while Declan Loftus is well adrift at plus-two.
Meanwhile in much tougher conditions at Frilford Heath, Whitehead’s John Ross Galbraith remains right in the mix after grinding out an even par effort on day two.
Galbraith had opened with a best of the day 67 on Tuesday and remains at five-under par to sit in a tie for sixth overall, just three shots off the lead.
Royal Dublin’s Niall Kearney is another going well just a shot further adrift and in a tie for 10th at minus-4 after adding a 71 to his opening 69 while The Island’s Paul McBride was another to move into position; the Dubliner’s now in a share of 17th at minus-three after shooting a 69 on Wednesday.
Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy is just outside the top-30 after an even par round saw him stay at minus-two but John Hickey slipped down the board with a 76 on day two.
Frilford Heath Scoring HERE
Bogogno Scoring HERE