It could be a winter of endless possibilities for Stuart Grehan after he put himself into a great position to progress to the Second Stage of DP World Tour Qualifying School.
Grehan shot a four-under 68 to move onto that mark and into the top-6 at First Stage Section F in Mottram Hall.
The Tullamore man has been in excellent form of late with a win and a third place finish on the EuroPro Tour in recent weeks meaning he heads into this month’s EuroPro Tour Championship in Lough Erne with a chance of promotion to the Challenge Tour if he can secure a top-5 Order of Merit spot.
If the 29-year-old can secure a Challenge Tour card then he can seriously attack DP World Tour Q-School knowing he already has a card in his back pocket.
Four birdies in a flawless second round after day two was suspended for the day for rain made his 68 worth the wait and he is six shots off the leader Will Enefer but crucially four shots clear of the buffer zone inside the top-21.
Limerick’s Tim Rice shot a one-under 71 to move to level-par and a share of 27th place keeping his hopes of progression alive.
The Sutton Nine Hole Matchplay champion was a late entry into the field and two closing birdies kept him in and around the qualifying places.
Ronan Mullarney, JR Galbraith and John Hickey are on six-over while Liam Grehan and Daniel Mulligan are plus nine.
Amateur Stephen Cunningham is a shot further back.