Peter Tarver Jones shot a second round of 69 to rise up the leaderboard at First Stage Qualifying Section D Frilford Heath.
The Englishman followed up a one under par opening 68 with a mixed round which included six birdies, one bogey and one double bogey – taking the 29 year old to seven under par overall.
Also impressing in England was Northern Ireland’s Colin Fairweather, whose blemish-free score of 66 took him into the top ten at the competition’s halfway stage.
This week the top 20 and ties will progress to Second Stage from Abingdon.
Meanwhile at Bogogno Golf Resort, Gerard Piris Mateu carded 11 birdies during a second round of 62 to charge up the leaderboard and take a one-shot lead after 36 holes.
Also in the hunt in Italy is the Czech Republic’s Michal Pospisil, who trails Mateu by one after a second consecutive score of 67 took him to ten under par overall.
The 110 players taking part at Bogogno this week are competing to finish inside the top 21, who will progress to the Second Stage in Spain next month.