Seamus Power birdied his last two holes to card a one under 71 in the first round of the Web,com Q-School First Stage at Pine Mountain in Georgia.
But despite his good finish, the West Waterford star goes into Thursday's second round a stroke outside the top 31 and ties who will progress to the Second Stage. Scores
Starting on the back nine, US-based Power picked up a shot at the par-five 16th and was one over with two to play after a double bogey six at the fourth.
His strong finish repaired some of the damage, leaving him tied for 34th in the 75-man field and six behind leader Kevin Hall from Cincinnati, who shot 65.