Stuart Grehan is five shots off the lead heading into the final round of the EuroPro’s Matchroom Tour Championship in Lough Erne after a one-under 71.
Grehan had to return to complete the last four holes of his opening round after Wednesday’s play was hampered by some torrential rain.
The Tullamore golfer was one-under at the time but bogeyed the 15th before three pars saw him eventually sign for a 72.
After a quick turnaround the 29-year-old was back on the course and after dropping a shot on the 3rd, he responded with birdies on the fourth and sixth holes.
However, twelve successive pars brought an end to a frustrating day where the flat stick didn’t behave itself.
Grehan who advanced to the Second Stage of DP World Tour Q-School a fortnight ago needs a top two finish this week to climb into the top-5 on the EuroPro Tour Order of Merit and earn a Challenge Tour card for next season.
As it stands he needs to recover five shots on joint leaders Curtis Knipes and James Allan who are both six-under-par.
Galway’s Ronan Mullarney recovered from a two-over 74 to post a two-under 70 and a 36-hole total of level-par to lie 15th and just six off the pace.
The 150th Open Championship qualifier birdied the last to get back to par after birdies on on the fourth and ninth before a bogey on 12.
Already assured of a Challenge Tour card for next season Dermot McElroy is back in the pack on one-over after a one-under 71.