Whitehead’s John-Ross Galbraith will start the final round of the PGA EuroPro Tour’s IFX Payments Championship just outside the top-10 after back-to-back five-under 68s at Studley Wood in Oxfordshire.
The Ulsterman backed up a strong performance on day one with another in his second round as he finished with back-to-back birdies in a bogey-free effort to reach 10-under-par and a share of 11th place heading into the final round.
He’s not out of the running for the title either as he goes into the last round just three shots off the lead, which is held jointly by English duo Joe Brooks and Joshua McMahon at 13-under-par.
Brooks fired eight birdies and a bogey in a seven-under 66 on day two, with McMahon’s 67 consisting of seven birdies – all of which came after the eighth hole – and one bogey, and their lead is one over James Allan, Robbie Morrison and Nick Marsh.
Tullamore’s Stuart Grehan, PGA Catalunya’s Luke Donnelly and Galway’s Ronan Mullarney also hold outside hopes of making a final round surge up the leaderboard as they all sit a shot back of Galbraith at nine-under-par.
Donnelly in particular was impressive on day two as two eagles, five birdies and a bogey led to an eight-under 65, with Grehan’s four-under 69 and Mullarney’s three-under 70 putting them alongside him just four shots adrift.
There was disappointment for Daniel Brennan, who could only manage a level-par 73 in his second round and missed the cut by two strokes at four-under-par, while Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy and Youghal’s Conor Coyne also missed the cut after both finished at three-over following second round 72s.