Ryan Griffin is just one shot off the lead at the R&A Student Tour Series Final going into the third and final round at St Andrews.
The Maynooth University golfer shot a one-over 73 to lie on one-under and he trails England’s Greg Hurley and Swedish player Jesper Littorin by the minimum.
The Donegal native carded three birdies and four bogeys on the Dumbarnie Links course and is in a share of third with local favourite Roddy McAuley.
Fellow Maynoothians Harry Gillivan and Eoin Murphy are also in contention heading into the final round.
Gillivan shot the round of the day with a four-under 68 to roar into the mix on level-par and just two shots adrift.
The Westport native carded four birdies in a blemish-free round to lie in solo fifth. Murphy of Maynooth and Dundalk GC is three shots further back on three-over after a level-par 72.
Murphy is five shots back but will feel like he should be a couple closer after finishing his day with a brace of bogeys. The business student was well on his way to a clean card having birdied the second and fourth early on.
Trinity’s Eoin Sullivan will need something special after a difficult back nine potentially cost him a shot at the title on Wednesday.
Sullivan was level-par after nine and for the championship after a bogey on the first and a birdie on the second. However, bogeys on 10, 14, 18 and a double on the 12th sent him spiraling out of the mix and into 12th place.
Simon Walker, Sean O’Connell and Jordan Boles are a shot further back on six-over while Evan Shipp, and Aaron Marshall are on seven-over.
Order of Merit leader David Kitt suffered a nightmarish day as he fell to a seven-over 79 to drop back to eight-over for the week and in danger of relinquishing his lead in the season-long standings.
Meanwhile, in the women’s section, Kate Dwyer shot a seven-over 80 to move to sixteen-over a distant seventeen strokes adrift of Englishwoman Lucy Jamieson who shot a one-over 74 to lie on one-under.
Jamieson is the only player under par and will take a comfortable four-shot cushion into the final day.