Denvir moves four clear at Galway Bay
 Charlie Denvir (Elm Park) driving at the 8th tee during the 2017 Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship at Castletroy Golf Club. Picture by  Pat Cashman

Charlie Denvir (Elm Park) driving at the 8th tee during the 2017 Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship at Castletroy Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Elm Park's Charlie Denvir has a four-stroke lead heading into Friday's final round of the Connacht U18 Open at Galway Bay.

A member of the Irish Under 18 panel, Denvir followed his opening 67 with a two-under-par 70 to get to seven under par.

Four players are tied for second place — Lisburn's  Kyle Patton, who shot a best of the day 67; Connemara's Luke O'Neill (70) and Royal Dublin's Max Kennedy (71).

The cut for the top 45 and ties fell at eight-over-par 152.

Connacht U18 Boys Open (Galway Bay, Par 72)

Detailed scores

Top 15

137 Charlie Denvir (Elm Park)  67 70

141 Kyle Patton (Lisburn) 74 67; Luke O'Neill, (Connemara)  71 70; Max Kennedy  (The Royal Dublin)  70 71

142  David Kitt(Athenry) 71 71

143 Allan Hill (Athenry) 70 73

144 Robert Moran (Castle) 75 69; Josh Black (Hilton Templepatrick)  73 71; Aaron Marshall (Lisburn) 73 71;  Sean Doyle (The Island)  71 73; Sean Leonard (Mitchelstown) 71 73

145 Jack Madden (Royal Portrush) 73 72; Tom McKibbin (Holywood)  73 72; Conor Glennon (Glasson) 73 72; Jordan Logue (Hilton Templepatrick)  71 74.