McElroy on course to progress
Ballymena's Dermot McElroy remains on course to reach the second stage of European Tour qualifying school.
The 25-year-old Challenge Tour player is well placed heading into today's final round of the first stage event at Stoke-by-Neyland in Suffolk while Knock's Colin Fairweather is also in contention to progress.
McElroy shot a one-under 71 yesterday to leave himself on two-under (211) after 54 holes in eighth spot with Englishman Jamie Abbott leading the field on 10-under (203).
The top 16 and ties this evening will qualify with McElroy currently three strokes inside the magic mark - which stands at one-over with 18 holes to play. Fairweather played himself into contention with a sparkling 66 and was three-over after three rounds.
Michael Ryan from New Ross was five-over after 54 holes while Kieran Lynch missed the cut - as did Peter Dallat and Stephen Grant at Ebreichsdorf in Austria.
In other action, Ireland's Laura Webb has been crowned Ladies' Senior British Open Amateur champion for the second time in three years at Crail in Scotland.
Meanwhile, the Irish Men's Seniors missed out on Home International glory at Southerness in Scotland.
Scotland took the title on points difference from England and Ireland.