Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell will head into the weekend at British Challenge presented by Modest! Golf Management just inside the top-10.
The 25-year-old had a disappointing second round at St. Mellion Estate in Cornwall as two double-bogeys and three birdies led to a one-over 73, dropping him back to two-under-par for the tournament.
But on a day where scoring was tough for the whole field, that saw him remain inside the top-10 and he will head into the weekend five shots off leaders Matthew Baldwin and Euan Walker.
England’s Baldwin had an eagle, four birdies and three bogeys in a 69 to set the target at seven-under-par, but Walker dazzled with eight birdies and two bogeys in a 66 to join him.
The pair’s lead is one shot over France’s Adrien Saddier, who shot the round of the day as he carded a bogey-free seven-under 65 to sit six-under-par, with Haraldur Magnus and Simon Forsstrom a shot further back.
Tyler Hogarty, who started the day one shot off the lead, struggled on day two as four bogeys and one birdie in a 75 dropped him back to one-under-par and into a share of 22nd.
Holywood’s Tom McKibbin is also in for the weekend after a second round 71, consisting of six birdies, two bogeys and a triple-bogey, took him up to tied-32nd at one-over-par.
Kinsale’s John Murphy missed the weekend as a 78 dropped him to nine-over-par, while Derry’s Ruaidhri McGee retired from the tournament while on 11-over-par.