American John Hahn moved into the halfway lead in the First Qualifying Stage – Section B at Germany’s Golf and Country Club Fleesensee.
Hahn, who turned professional in 2011 and competed in this year’s US Open at Merion, leads the way at G&CC Fleesensee, a European Tour Destination, after a second round seven under par 65 took him to 12 under par 132 and one clear of German amateur Sebastian Schwind.
An eagle three on the par five 12th was the highlight of a flawless round that also included five birdies for the 24 year old from Hudson, Ohio – one of nine Americans in the field and 21 across the two Section B venues.
The top 24 players and ties at the end of the four rounds from the starting field of 101 at G&CC Fleesensee will progress through to the Second Qualifying Stage in Spain in November.
At Wychwood Park in England, the Irish are setting the pace at the halfway stage with former Challenge Tour champion Colm Moriarty, winner of the 2007 FIRSTPLUS Wales Challenge, one clear of Ruaidhri McGee.
McGee led by three overnight but was reeled in after following his opening 66 with a two over par 74 with Moriarty taking full advantage with a 67 to edge one clear at five under par 139.
The target is not necessarily to win though, simply to finish among the top 22 and ties to qualify.
It is anticipated that approximately 50 players will proceed from the two venues at this week’s First Stage (Section B) to Second Stage, approximately 26% of the total field.