A second consecutive round of 68 helped Max Kennedy maintain his challenge at the South American Amateur Championship in Ecuador as he moved to within three shots of the lead heading into the final round.
Kennedy is in solo second on seven-under and will once again be in the final group with Mexican Jose C Islas who remains in front on ten-under-par after a 70.
The Royal Dublin golfer opened with seven successive pars before three birdies in five holes kickstarted his charge.
The Louisville student let two shots slip on 13 and 16 but ensured he kept within touching distance of Islas with a birdie on 17.
Galway’s Liam Nolan will be targeting a low one on Sunday after he moved into fifth place on three-under after a second successive 70.
At seven back, the NUIG student needs to go on a birdie barrage and hope for mistakes.
Nolan is part of the provisional 19-man Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup side for September and a top-5 finish on Sunday can get an exciting year off on the right note.
The 22-year-old carded four birdies and two bogeys.
In the women’s section both Kate Dwyer and Clodagh Coughlan are in a share of 25th position and both players will partner each other in the final round.
Curtis Cup star Caley McGinty leads on three-under-par.