Nick Job, club professional at Richmond for the past 15 years, re-sharpened his competitive edge with a record equalling five under par 67 in the third round of the European Senior Tour Qualifying School in Turkey.
The 50-year-old former European Tour player extracted seven birdies from the Nobilis course to shoulder into the leading pack chasing full playing tickets for next year’s European Senior Tour.
At three under par 213 he moves into fourth place just four behind Jay Horton, professional at the Detroit Country Club, who posted a 69 for a two shot lead on seven under par.
Job, who played six tournaments this year without too much success, said: “It is taking time to get the competitive feel back. I haven’t played serious tournament golf for some years but I am hitting it well now and I am optimistic about getting a qualifying finish tomorrow.”
Senior Tour regular David Creamer, chasing a top five finish to improve his playing category, holed a 45 foot eagle putt on the last green to compile a back nine of 29. His course record equalling 67 rocketed the former England Table Tennis international to two under par with a real chance to achieve his objective.
Former Irish Amateur Champion Raymond Kane stayed in touch with a level par 72 to remain at one under par in eighth place.
“I am pleased with that after making two bogeys in the first three holes,” he said.
Former Japanese Tour winner Seiji Ebihara from Tokyo moves into second spot with a 68 for a 54-hole total of 211.