Walker Cup heroes Paul Dunne and Jack Hume are one round away from making it to November's Second Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School in Spain.
Rookie professional Dunne —the joint 54-hole leader at The Open in July— and Naas amateur Hume shot three under 69s on the third round of their First Stage Section B qualifier at Ebreichsdorf Golf Club in Austria and share 10th spot on eight under par. Austria Scores
Denmark’s Kasper K Estrup shot a nine under par 63 to lead at at 12 under par overall alongside American Dodge Kemmer, who signed for a 71 on day three.
Fifty-five players made the cut at three over par or better, and the top 21 players and ties will make it through to the Second Stage, which will be played across four Spanish venues in November.
Meanwhile, in the other Section B qualifier, at Collingtree Park in England, play was halted just before 7pm due to darkness, with most players still to complete their third rounds. Collingtree scores
Heavy rain on the first day, which led to delays, has had a knock-on effect. Round three will be resumed early on Friday, with the fourth and final round starting straight after.
Reeve WHitson is tied 36th on three over after two rounds — 78 , 69 — with Peter McGibney (77 71) a shot further back alongside Clontarf's Eamonn Brady (72 76).
Rickie Weldon posted a third round 78 to be six over with Ciaran Boggan (77) 12 over while JD Guiney retired.
EUROPEAN TOUR QUALIFYING SCHOOL 2015 - IRISH ENTRIES FOR FIRST STAGE
- Richard BRIDGES DID NOT QUALIFY
- Jonathan CALDWELL Clandeboye GC Qualified
- Colm CAMPBELL JNR (AM) Qualified
- Brian CASEY Headfort GC Qualified
- Alan DUNBAR Team Ireland Qualified
- Gary HURLEY (AM) West Waterford GC Qualified
- Richard KILPATRICK Banbridge GC Qualified
- Dermot MCELROY (AM) Ballymena GC DID NOT QUALIFY
- Rory MCNAMARA La Cala Resort Qualified
- Richard O’DONOVAN Lucan GC DID NOT QUALIFY
- Simon WARD Belvoir Park DID NOT QUALIFY
- Stephen GRANT Mount Juliet GC DID NOT QUALIFY
- Ciaran BOGGAN Co Meath Golf Club
- Eamonn BRADY Clontarf GC
- JD GUINEY Ballybunion GC
- Peter MCGIBNEY
- Richard WELDON Killeen Castle GC
- Reeve WHITSON Royal County Down G.C
- Paul DUNNE (AM)
- Jack HUME (AM) Naas GC
- Michael McGEADY Northwest GC
- David CAREY
- Johnathan MALLON
- Brendan McCARROLL Team Ireland
- Gavin MOYNIHAN (AM) The Island GC
- Tim RICE Limerick GC
- John Ross GALBRAITH (AM) Whitehead
- David RAWLUK The Island GC
- No Irish