Gareth Shaw continued his fine run of form with a bogey free 68 in the Finnish Challenge at Kytäjä Golf near Helsinki.
The Galgorm Castle touring professional is in an 18-man group tied for 22nd on four under - four stokes behind Korea’s Sihwan Kim, who continued his hot streak with a 64 giving him a share of the lead with Sweden’s Niklas Lemke.
Kim’s runner-up finish at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge last week, where he was leading after the second and third rounds, rounded off a stunning July for the 24 year old as he recorded a third top-five in four tournaments, finishing top 20 in the other.
Shaw has also been in top form, soaring to 127th in the Race to Dubai standings thanks to a fifth place finish in the Irish Open and a share of 13th in the Open de France the following week.
It was more of a struggle for the other two Irishmen in the field with Peter O’Keeffe tied for 119th after a one over 73 and Stephen Grant 154th after a 77.
64 N Lemke (Swe), S Kim (Kor) ,
65 S Manley (Wal), D Stewart (Sco), B Stone (RSA), J Fahrbring (Swe), T Hatton (Eng) ,
66 R Kakko (Fin), C Kim (USA), J Guerrier (Fra), W Besseling (Ned), M Tullo (Chi), E Myllymaki (am) (Fin) ,
67 L Kennedy (Eng), K Borsheim (Nor), D Huizing (Ned), L Goddard (Eng), P Erofejeff (Fin), A Velasco (Esp), J Elson (Eng), T Bakker (am) (Fin) ,
68 D Brooks (Eng), A Johnston (Eng), D Geminiani (Ita), P Maddy (Eng), R Dinwiddie (Eng), R Saxton (Ned), G Shaw (Nir), A Engell (Nor), A Hortal (Esp), J Lima (Por), B Ritthammer (Ger), A Ahokas (Fin), F Calmels (Fra), H Joannes (Bel), N Elvira (Esp), R Steiner (Aut), S Little (Eng) ,
69 J Granberg (Fin), C Aguilar (Esp), G Cambis (Fra), S Hutsby (Eng), J Huldahl (Den), A Pavan (Ita), J McLeary (Sco), L Bjerregaard (Den), O Bekker (RSA), B Chapellan (Fra), B Etchart (Esp), J Barnes (Eng), T Pieters (Bel), E Bertheussen (Nor), R Davies (Wal), M Kuronen (am) (Fin) ,
70 J Gibb (Eng), C Pigem (Esp), M Trappel (Aut), G Stal (Fra), P Figueiredo (Por), M Crespi (Ita), R Mattila (Fin), J Lando Casanova (Fra), R Kellett (Sco), E Espana (Fra), D Im (USA), O Wilson (Eng), N Meitinger (Ger), D Perrier (Fra), M Ford (Eng), D Ulrich (Sui), P Archer (Eng), H Satama (Fin), S Kapur (Ind), G Boyd (Eng), A Bernadet (Fra), P Widegren (Swe), D Frittelli (RSA), N Dougherty (Eng), A McArthur (Sco) ,
71 C Brazillier (Fra), F Praegant (Aut), A Domingo (Esp), S Benson (Eng), R Russell (Sco), P Oriol (Esp), H Porteous (RSA), J Glennemo (Swe), J Howarth (Eng), R Prophet (Eng), N Ravano (Ita), J Dantorp (Swe), J Kaske (Fin), A Forsyth (Sco), T Murray (Eng), S Walker (Eng), D Palm (Swe), M Korhonen (Fin), S Piaget (Mon), M Salminen (Fin), V Riu (Fra), J Makitalo (Fin), L Saltman (Sco), A Otaegui (Esp) ,
72 M Haastrup (Den), P Dwyer (Eng), T Remkes (Ned), D Wuensche (Ger), C Macaulay (Sco), T Tuovinen (Fin), M Novy (Cze), J Mikkelsen (Nor), K Samooja (Fin), B Parker (Eng), B Hebert (Fra), J Carlsson (Swe), Å Nilsson (Swe), A Eckhardt (am) (Fin), J Kahlos (am) (Fin) ,
73 F Bergamaschi (Ita), N Dahlgren (Fin), E Dubois (Fra), P O’Keeffe (Irl), F De Vries (Ned), R Quiros (Esp), J Mommo (Fin), M Zions (Aus), F Colombo (Ita), J Sandelin (Swe), C Ford (Eng), W Booth (Sco) ,
74 O Jarvi (Fin), J Senior (Eng), A Perrino (Ita), J Garcia Pinto (Esp), M Lampert (Ger) ,
75 J Timmis (Eng), A Bossert (Sui), T Nørret (Den), S Matus (Cze), J Abbott (Eng), T Pulkkanen (Fin), I Korvenmaa (Fin), T Pilkadaris (Aus), G Murray (Sco), D Vancsik (Arg), A Rota (Ita), J Heath (Eng) ,
76 A Gee (Eng), G Houston (Wal), M Nichols (Eng), D Griffiths (Eng), R McGowan (Eng), T Toivonen (am) (Fin) ,
77 S Grant (Irl) ,
80 F Svanberg (Sui) ,
85 Y Kafelnikov (Rus) ,