A flying finish on day two saw Sweden’s Krister Eriksson ease into a one shot lead on 14 under par at the halfway stage of the European Tour Qualifying School First Stage Section A in Ebreichsdorf, Austria.
After opening with a 66 in Tuesday’s first round at Golfclub Schloss Ebreichsdorf, the 30 year old continued his fine form to sign for an eight under par 64 on Wednesday to steal a narrow lead over home favourite and overnight co-leader Jurgen Maurer with 36 holes to play.
Dropping just the one shot in what was a stellar performance, Eriksson found three birdies by the turn before a bogey at the tenth preceded a storming back nine that saw the Finspaing man card six birdies in the last eight holes – including a quartet to finish.
Maurer followed up his first round 65 with an excellent 66 to remain firmly in contention just one shot back in Austria, while five further back Czech amateur Ondrej Lieser matched Eriksson’s round of the day with a 64 of his own to sit in third on eight under par.
At The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course, meanwhile, Ireland’s Mark Staunton consolidated his comfortable lead in the other First Qualifying Stage being staged this week in Scotland, adding a four under par 68 to his first round 67 to claim a six shot lead over Scotland’s Neil Fenwick.
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.