England's Andrew Johnston leads the way at The London Club after a third round 66 put him on pole position in the race for qualification to the second stage.
He leads by two from leading amateur Tom Sherreard, while second round leaders Tim Sluiter of the Netherlands and Ricki Neil-Jones of England faltered on Thrusday with rounds of 72 and 73 respectively.
Johnston's 66 at The London Club, a European Tour Destination, was the low round of the day alongside English amateur Liam O'Neill.
The London Club in Kent was the first European Tour Destination and through the joint venture partnership, the Tour and The London Club share a mutual commitment to the continued development of the venue.
Meanwhile, Borja Etchart of Spain took over the running at Ribagolfe as the First Qualifying Stage Section A moved towards its conclusion.
Etchart holed a wedge on the 405 yard third hole for an eagle two on his way to a third round 68 to move to five under par 211, one clear of Portugal’s Tiago Cruz who has hung on to second place throughout the week. Sebi Garcia, also of Spain, moved into third with a 68 to lie two off the lead at three under par 213 heading into the fourth round.
The low round of the day came from Morocco’s Younes El Hassani, whose 66 included a run of six birdies in his first eight holes.
The First Qualifying School Section A is taking place at two venues this week – The London Club in England and Ribagolfe in Portugal. A further six venues will also take part in the First Qualifying Stage over the next three weeks across Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy and Scotland.
The successful players from each of the eight venues will progress to the Second Qualifying Stage, held in Spain across four venues at the end of November.