Ruaidhri McGee missed his first cut of the year and took advantage to do some filing for the Challenge Tour. But while the Rosapenna man missed the one over cut by three after rounds of 70 and 76, Moyola Park's Chris Selfridge made it two out of two.
Having turned pro for the D+D Czech Challenge last week and finished tied 17th on his debut, the former University of Toledo player added a 70 to his first round 71 in the Swiss Challenge presented by Association Suisse de Golf to share 29th with Gareth Shaw on one under at halfway.
In contrast to round one, where he was five under at one stage but shot 71, Shaw was three over with six holes to play but birdied the 13th and 15th and eagled the par-five 17th to post a 70.
Derry's Mick McGeady is tied 49th on level par after rounds of 72 and 70 whole Birr's Stephen Grant missed out by one after getting a bad break on the last.
A spotter stood on his ball and he got a horrible lie after a drop and made bogey to shoot a second successive 72.
Grant was two under for the tournament playing the back nine but bogeyed the 10th, 11th and 15th to finish himself on the cut mark playing the last.
Never nice to miss the cut by 1 cause of bogey on the last👎spotter stud on my ball,initial lie was fine,after drop🙉could only hit it 5yards😤— stephen grant (@soccer2golf) June 5, 2015
At the top of the leaderboard, South Africa's Oliver Bekker shot a five under 66 and hopes to follow in the footsteps of his friend and compatriot Jake Roos by making a career breakthrough on the European Challenge Tour.
The 30-year old, making just his third start of the season on Europe’s top developmental tour, moved one shot clear of his playing partner Jack Doherty of Scotland thanks to a round which included six birdies - five of them coming at holes which he also birdied on day one en route to an opening 67.
“Normally I don’t really hit it that straight off the tee so it is nice for me to do that this week,” he said. “I had been struggling a bit with the driver, the rest of the clubs have been fine, but the driver has been a little sporadic.
“I’m hitting the driver well this week so I’m going to stick to what I’ve been doing, take on all the holes that I’ve been taking on and just give it a go."
Richard Kilpatrick is six shots behind leader Christopher Evans going into the final round of the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour’s Dawson & Sanderson Foreign Exchange Classic at Longhirst Hall near Morpeth.
Kilpatrick is on one under par after a second round 70 with Simon Ward (one over), and Alan Dunbar and Brian Casey the only other Irish to make the cut on the three over limit.
Evans (Wishaw Golf Club), is railed by a trio of golfers who share second on six under - Neil Fenwick (Dunbar Golf Club), Mark Laskey (Brocket Hall Golf Club) and 18-hole leader Sam Connor (Alsager Golf & Country Club)
Highlights of the event will air on Sky Sports on Tuesday, June 16 and live scoring is available here
T15 Richard Kilpatrick Banbridge Golf Club 10:31 AM -1 73 70 143
T19 Simon Ward Unattached 10:13 AM E 71 73 144
T44 Alan Dunbar Team Ireland 7:48 AM +3 76 71 147
T44 Brian Casey Headfort Golf Club 7:39 AM +3 74 73 147
MC Tim Rice Limerick Golf Club +4
MC Jonathan Caldwell BetMcLean +14
Seamus Power shot a second successive 69 to share 60th behind Mark Silvers and Tyler Duncan in the Greater Dallas Open.
The West Waterford man is on six under par, eight shots off the pace at The Lakes at Castle Hills in Lewisville, Texas.
Silvers finally got his golf game to click and some putts to drop, which helped him grab a share of the second-round lead at the inaugural Greater Dallas Open. The 28-year old from the Savannah area chalked up nine birdies, including six in his last seven holes on Friday, and posted a 9-under 63 to take the clubhouse lead.
Silvers stands at 14-under 130 and without a bogey to his name, but couldn’t distance himself from the field. Indiana rookie Tyler Duncan was in the second-to-last group and hurried up the board with a back-nine 29 that included an eagle on the final hole, good for his own 63 and a spot at the top.
The duo stands one better than Argentina’s Julian Etulain (66), New Jersey’s Kevin Foley (63), Californian Michael Kim (64) and Duke grad Adam Long (64).
Another four players, including first-round leader Tommy Gainey (69), are tied at 12-under 132.