Dodge Kemmer moved into the halfway lead at The European Tour’s First Qualifying Stage – Section B at Ebreichsdorf after the American carded a seven under par second round 65 to move three clear on 11 under par.
The 28 year old, a regular on the Challenge Tour in the last three years, leapfrogged the first round leader Oscar Lengden as the Swede followed up his opening 66 with a level par 72 at the Austrian venue.
Clement Berardo, a winner on the Challenge Tour this year at the Northern Ireland Open in Association with Sphere Global and Ulster Bank, shared second place with China’s Mu Hu, both on eighth under par.
Australian Todd Sinnott was a shot further back on his own on seven under par while Paul Dunne of Ireland, who shared the lead at this year’s Open Championship after three rounds, with six off the pace in a tie for seventh on five under par.
At the other venue for Section B of the first stage of golf’s greatest marathon, two Englishmen held fort at the top of the leaderboard, with James Adams (68) and Jamie Elson (72) sharing the lead on four under par before play was suspended overnight due to darkness.
Liam Bond of Wales, taking part in his 21st Qualifying School adventure, was one of four players in the clubhouse on two under par while first round leader and former Amateur Champion Bradley Neil was yet to finish his round having opening with a two under 70.