Wake Forest's Paul McBride is tied for third heading into Sunday's final round of the General Hackler Championship in Myrtle Beach and chasing his first collegiate win.
The international from The Island, a semi-finalist in last year's British Amateur Championship and a bronze medalist with Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy, added a two-under 70 to his morning 67 to get to seven-under-par at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club.
"I played well," McBride said. "I left a few out there this afternoon, but it was still solid."
The 21-year-old Malahide native is two strokes behind his Wake Forest teammate Will Zalatoris, who shot rounds of 68 and 67 to lead by one shot from Kent State's Ian Holt on nine-under par.
Wake Forest holds a 10-stroke lead in the team standings over Kent State.
“It was a solid day by every player,” said head coach Jerry Haas. “There is still a long way to go and a 10-shot lead can disappear quickly. The weather will be bad tomorrow, so we have to be ready mentally.
"It is always nice to start a tournament with the low team round twice. Our goal will be to have the low round again tomorrow so it will be tough for anyone to catch us.”