Ireland’s Mark Staunton consolidated his comfortable lead at The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course as a four under par 68 gave the Irishman a six shot cushion at the halfway stage of the European Tour Qualifying School First Stage Section A in Scotland.
After opening with a five under par 67 on Tuesday, Staunton came flying out of the blocks in the second round with back-to-back birdies in Kelso, with further red numbers coming on the fourth and sixth for the Ballinasloe man taking him into a commanding lead.
Two bogeys negated two bogeys for Staunton, before the 30 year old finished with six straight pars to take a six shot lead over Scotland’s Neil Fenwick, who carded a five under par 67 on Wednesday to move into second place.
In Ebriechsdorf, meanwhile, a flying finish on day two saw Sweden’s Krister Eriksson ease into a one shot lead on 14 under par after 36 holes of the other First Qualifying Stage being staged this week in Austria.
Eriksson, 30, made a six birdies in the last eight holes – including a quartet to finish – signing for a eight under par 64 to steal a narrow one shot lead over home favourite Jurgen Maurer.
The top 15 and ties from Ebreichsdorf and the top nine and ties from Roxburghe will qualify for the Second Stage, which takes place across four venues in Spain – Campo de Golf El Saler, Las Colinas Golf & Country Club, El Valle Golf Resort and Lumine Golf & Beach Club – from November 7-10.
Approximately 310 players will line up at those four venues, with about 80 progressing through to the Final Stage at PGA Catalunya Resort – part of The European Tour Properties Network – from November 24-29.