Birr's Justin Kehoe is the best of the Irish hopefuls at the halfway stage of the European Tour Qualifying School First Stage (Section A).

The former South of Ireland champion is tied for eighth place at Dundonald Links in Scotland after a second round 73, just four shots behind leader Craig Goodfellow.

The top 26 and ties will progress from Dundonald to Stage Two with Daniel Sugrue, Barrie Trainor,  Mark Staunton and Mark Murphy on track to make it.

Lurgan's Gareth Shaw slipped one stroke outside the seven-over par qualifying mark when he followed his opening 72 with an 80 in tough conditions.

Glen Robinson is the only Irish contender inside the top 30 and ties to qualify at Chart Hills in Kent there are 33 players at three-under par or better.

First round leader Oskar Henningsson of Sweden remained in front after adding a second round 69 to his opening 63 for a 12 under par 132 aggregate.

At Fleesensee in Germany, Sweden’s Jens Dantrop leads the way with an incredible two round aggregate of 15-under par 129 after adding a brilliant second round of ten-under 62 to his opening 67. 

Stackstown's Michael McDermott is three shots outside the five-under par qualifying mark for the top 30 and ties with Mallow's Mervyn Owens a shot further back on one-under par after a 75.


Chart Hills (Par 72)
Top 30 and ties to qualify
1 Oskar Henningsson Swe 63 69
T21 Glen Robinson Irl  71 69
T34 Mark O'Sullivan Irl  66 76
T62 Chris Devlin N.Ire  75 70
T73 Greg Bowden Irl 76 70
T95 Gavin McNeill Irl  69 79
T112 Thomas O'Flynn (AM) Irl 76 75

Dundonald Links (Par 72)
Top 26 and ties to qualify

1 Craig Goodfellow Eng 69 74
T8 Justin Kehoe Irl 74 73
T12 Daniel Sugrue Irl 76 72, Barrie Trainor Irl 77 71,  Mark Staunton 77 71
T25 Mark Murphy Irl 75 76;
T29 Gareth Shaw NIr 72 80
T36 Michael Lavelle Irl 77 76
T46 John Kelly Irl 77 77, Ted Higgins JNR Irl 78 76
T72 Shane Franklin Irl  77 80
T79 James Fox (AM) Irl  77 81, Michael Collins Irl 78 80
T102 Brian McElhinney Irl  86 80
T112 Byron Campbell (AM) N.Ire  93 87

Fleesensee G & C Club (Par 72) 
Top 30 and ties to qualify
1 Jens Dantorp Swe 67 62
T58 Michael McDermott Irl 70 72.
T70 Mervyn Owens Irl  68 75.