Robert Moran is in a great position to advance to the Second Stage of DP World Tour Qualifying School after three solid opening rounds at Section B of Stage One in Montado, Portugal.
The Castle golfer is in a share of tenth place on eleven-under after rounds of 68, 69 and 68, two shots inside the all-important top-24.
Despite a double-bogey six on the 14th Moran was still able to get it around in four-under-par for the day.
The 23-year-old roared out of the traps with back-to-back birdies putting aside any suggestions of early nerves for the amateur.
A third birdie in seven holes saw him turn in 33.
The Dubliner began the back nine as he started the front with birdies on the tenth and eleventh before bouncing back from that double with a sixth birdie of the day on 16.
Redmond Lyons shot a two-under 70 to move to five-under, four shots outside the qualifying places.
The San Francisco based golfer will need something very low to qualify from here.
The 28-year-old began on the back nine and birdied 11 and 12 to get off to the ideal start on moving day.
Lyons threw in bogeys on 14 and 18 to halt his progress but also birdied the 15th to turn in 35.
Lyons was on the birdie trail again soon enough with gains on the second and fourth but a bogey on the par-5 7th could prove costly.