Whitehead's John Ross Galbraith and The Island's David Rawluk need to hit the birdie trail in Friday's final round of the European Tour Qualifying School First Stage Section D at Frilford Heath.
With only the the top 22 and ties making it through to the Second Stage, the North of Ireland champion shot a one over 73 and lies three shots outside the qualifying mark on four over with a round to play.
Rawluk's 75 leaves him six shots outside the top 22 on seven over at a venue where England's Laurie Canter shot a six under 66 to lead by two shots from compatriots Jake Shepherd and Zane Scotland on 11 under par.
Young Scottish hopeful Craig Lawrie received a surprise visit from his father Paul following his withdrawal from the British Masters supported by Sky Sports through injury, and carded a two under par round of 70 to share 13th on two under..
At Circolo Golf Bogogno, a six under par 66 left Italy’s Michele Ortolani three shots ahead of Spaniard Pep Angles.