Dungannon's Fergal Rafferty fired a second round 69 to move inside the qualifying mark at Stage One of the Web,com Q-School in California.
But it was a tougher day for Birr native Stephen Grant as he post a three over 75 in Florida to slip five shots off the qualifying pace.
Houston-based Rafferty had four birdies and just one dropped shot in his three under round at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon to share 30 spot on three under at a venue where the top 32 and ties will progress to November's Second Stage.
Grant was one under after 11 holes at St. Johns Golf & Country Club in St Augustine but struggled coming home with four bogeys in his final seven holes in a homeward 40.
The top 32 and ties will also progress in Florida.