Shannon's Danny Brennan shot a superb 68 to win the second round of the Mid-West Alliance at Dromoland Castle.
The 20-year old recently returned prematurely from a golf scholarship at the University of Toledo and penned his experiences in the book, 'Think. Grow. Live.'
Woodstock's Tony Cleary, the defending champion in the 0-3 handicap category, shot a two-under 70 in his bid for a fourth successive Mid West Alliance strokeplay title.
It remains to be seen if Clearly can take his form to the championship circuit and assert himself against top class opposition in next month's West of Ireland Amateur Open at County Sligo.
Local professional Paudie McGrath (P&M Golf Superstore) shot a one-under 71 to finish third while in the 4-9 handicap category, defending champion Alan Neville from Dromoland Castle shot a four-over 76 to tie first with Limerick's Damian O'Brien.
Dromoland's Dale Foley was the next best with a 79 and also took the nearest the pin prize at the third.
Woodstock's Kieran Cunnane was nearest the pin at the seventh with Adare's John Long the most accurate at the 13th and Limerick's Mark McGrath closest at the 17th.
Final round: Sunday, March 22.