Galbraith going well at Q-School
 John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead) during the 2016 AIG Irish Amateur Close Championship. Picture by  Pat Cashman

John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead) during the 2016 AIG Irish Amateur Close Championship. Picture by Pat Cashman

Irish amateur international John Ross Galbraith carded a second successive 70 to move up to joint fifth at halfway at the First Stage of the European Tour Q-School in Scotland.

The Whitehead star made five birdies in a two-under par effort in his Section A qualifier at The Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course in Kelso to lie six strokes behind Denmark's Rasmus Hjelm, who added a 68 to his opening 66 to lead by three strokes on 10-under par from England's Sam Hutsby.

Galbraith is three shots inside the top 25 but Colm Moriarty is tied 37th on one-over after making four birdies and four bogeys in a second round 72.

Headfort's Joe Dillon (77-75) shares 81st on eight-over with Castlewarden's Mark Whelan (73-80) on nine-over and both are in danger of missing the 54-hole cut as players must be within seven shots of the qualifying mark going into the fourth round.

Play was suspended by darkness at Fleesensee in Germany following a delay for afternoon lightning with Sweden's Mathias Johansson leading in the clubhouse on two under, five behind German amateur Jonas Koelbing, the overnight leader.

Mount Juliet's Stephen Grant shot a two over 74 and shares 24th on one-over par with 49 players set to complete their second rounds on Thursday morning