Waterville's David Higgins has a two shot lead heading into Friday's final round of the JustGolf.ie PGA Irish Club Professional Tournament at Dunmurry Springs.
The current PGA in Ireland Order of Merit leader fired a four under par 67 at the Co Kildare venue, going to the turn in three under 33 with birdies at the fourth, seventh and eighth.
He added further birdies at the 10th and 15th before dropping his only shot of the day at the par four 16th as he came home in one under 34.
Headfort's Joe Dillon, Kilkenny's Jimmy Bolger and Massereene's Noel Murray are two shots back after carding opening 69s.
Defending champion Hazel Kavanagh from Carr Golf Services opened her campaign with a four over par 75. The leaders tee off at 11.50am on Friday morning.
JustGolf.ie PGA Irish Club Professional Tournament, Dunmurry Springs GC (Par 71)
1 D Higgins (Waterville) 67
T2 J Dillon (Headfort GC); J Bolger (Kilkenny GC); N Murray (Massereene GC) 69
T5 D Beattie (Deer Park Hotel); C Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) 70
T7 T Rice (Limerick GC); D Mooney (Ballyliffin); D Ryan (Cahir Park); C Curley (Royal Tara GC); M Staunton (Delgany GC); J Quinlivan (Mullingar GC) 71.