Gavin Moynihan spearheads the Irish Challenge in fourth place at the halfway stage in the Peter McEvoy Trophy tournament at Copt Heath in the English Midlands.
The Donabate teenager produced two solid rounds yesterday for scores of 69 and 71 for a 140 aggregate and is only four strokes off the pace set by Moor Park's Callum Shinkwin and Nathan Kimsey of Woodhall Spa.
Jack Hume of Rathsallagh kept himself in the hunt with a 70 and a 72 for a 142 total -- he is joint eighth.
However, Ballymena's Dermot McElroy, who did so well in the European Nations Cup at Sotogrande, was a little disappointing. McElroy,the rising star of amateur golf, could only manage two 73s.
Royal Portrush's Jamie Richardson failed to make the cut, posting a 73 followed by an 82 to crash out at the halfway stage -- he was all at sixes and sevens in the afternoon.
Sinkwin and Kimsey take a one stroke lead with them into round three this morning over Worthing's Toby Tree.