Gavin Moynihan followed his opening 67 with a 69 in a rain delayed round two to put himself right into contention at the KPMG Trophy at Royal Waterloo Golf Club.
22 year old Moynihan sits just three shots off the lead on eight under in the €170,000 Challenge Tour event.
Stephen Grant has made his best start to a Challenge Tour event adding a 70 to his opening 67 to sit in a tie of ninth place on seven-under, only four off the lead.
Ruaidhri McGee made the cut on the mark with a par of 71s, sharing 58th with Ardglass’ Cormac Sharvin, who followed an opening 68 with a 74.
Michael Hoey bogeyed the 18th to miss the cut by a shot while Kevin Phelan, Rory McNamara and Chris Selfridge finished further down the field missing the weekend cut.
At the top of affairs, Pedro Oriol shrugged off the distraction of a two-and-a-half hour early morning rain delay at Royal Waterloo Golf Club to take a one-shot lead at the halfway point.
The Spaniard’s bogey-free second round of 64 was the best of the day and took him to 11 under par for the tournament going into the weekend.
Oriol has shown intermittent form this year, a top 15 finish in the Open de Portugal at Morgado Golf Resort his best result, so he was understandably delighted with his performance over the first two days in Belgium.
“It was a perfect round for me,” said the 30 year old. “I made no mistakes, I had eight birdies and no bogeys, so I really had fun out there today.
“The course offers a lot of opportunities. Three of the par fives are reachable and there are a couple of par fours that you can drive too, but there are also tricky holes, especially in the wind, so I’m happy with how I did.”