Thursday, 09 December 1999
Raymond Kane, one of Ireland's leading amateurs during the 1970s and 80s, is on course to start a belated professional career after a four-under-par 68 in the second round of the European Seniors Tour qualifying school in Turkey.

Kane's seven-birdie performance set a record for the year-old Nobilis course in Antalya and moved him to a one-under total of 143, just three shots off the lead held by Americans Jeff Van Wagenen, who matched Kane's 68, and Jay Horton (69) and Australian David Good (70).

Dublin-based Kane, 53, was twice an Irish amateur champion and a regular international until 1983.

He is a neighbour of Arnold O'Connor, who led the first round of qualifying with a 68 on the Gloria resort lay-out and followed up with a 74 at Nobilis to be in fourth spot at two under par.

"It was Arnold who encouraged me to have a go at the senior Tour," said Kane, who has been working as a foreman in the Des Smyth Course Construction company in Ireland.

"I am glad I did because I'm playing well and looking forward to the final two rounds and hopefully a full playing card for next year."

Kane and O'Connor lead six Irish professionals among the 61 who made the cut at 150 and qualified for the final two rounds.

England's Michael Steadman added a 73 at Gloria to join Kane and Japan's Seiji Ebihara (71) on 143.

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