Luke O’Neill is nicely placed to make a final round challenge heading into the final round of the Colleton River Collegiate while his team, Kansas State are riding high at the top.
O’Neill is in a share of twelfth place on six-under-par following back-to-back rounds of 69 and he trails fellow Kansas State golfer Nicklaus Mason by five shots.
The Connemara man is the defending champion after sharing first place here twelve months ago and he remains in the hunt for the double.
Golf is a strange game, O’Neill played the first 36 holes on Monday and despite shooting the same score, both rounds were completely different to one another.
The Galwegian carded a bogey-free round in the afternoon after a rollercoaster in the morning where he had just about everything including five birdies, two bogeys, a double-bogey and an eagle.
Having raced out of the traps with two birdies, O’Neill dropped three shots in two holes with a double on 5 and a bogey on 6 before a birdie, bogey run brought a turbulent opening nine to a close.
A stellar back nine of 32 gave him some momentum heading into the afternoon after birdies on 10 and 13 and an eagle on the par-5 14th.
Memphis’ Cian O’Connor is in 64th place on two-over.