America's Steve Stull recorded a five under par 67 to storm into a share of the lead alongside England's Denis Durnian after the second round of the Wallonia Open at Pierpont Golf Club in Belgium.
Durnian carded a four under par 68 to go into the final round tied with the American on six under par 138. The transatlantic duo will start one shot ahead of 2002 Qualifying School medalist, Horacio Carbonetti from Argentina, and two in front of England's Tony Allen, Italy's Giuseppe Cali, Ireland's Denis O'Sullivan, Northern Ireland's Eddie Polland and Welshman, Geoff Tickell.
Stull, from Richlands, Washington, won last year's PING Seniors Tour Rookie of the Year award after capturing the Tobago Plantations Seniors Classic and he is on course for a second victory after a fine 67 that included no less than seven birdies.
The American started the round with a birdie on the 492 yard par five second, dropped a shot at the 182 yard par three fourth but then got to the turn in 33 after further birdies at the 5th, 6th and 9th. Coming home, he fired three more birdies at the 11th, 13th and 14th before dropping only his second shot of the day after failing to get up and down from just off the edge of 15th green.
"I played pretty solid and I'm having a lot of fun," said Stull. "This week my eldest son, Benjamin, has been caddying for me and it has been great having him here. With me being over here in Europe, I haven't seen much of him recently, so it's good to get back together again."
Durnian, one of the Seniors Tours most consistent performers, opened with a two under par 70 and then added a 68 that leaves him with a great chance to win his fourth title in the last three seasons.
The Englishman, who has finished second on the Order of Merit for the past two seasons, carded three birdies and one bogey to go out in two under par 34 and then gained further shots at the 417 yard par four tenth and the 518 yard yard 17th, where he pitched to six feet and then holed the resultant putt.
"At long last, after years of battling, I seem to be pitching a bit better and that has taken the pressure off my irons the green," said Durnian.
"For a while, it got so bad that I used to putt from 30 yards off the green whenever I could. But now I have got a bit of confidence so it has become a little easier."
Former English international table tennis player, David Creamer, has a seven shot lead in the race for the Hardys Wine Super Seniors Award, open to all golfers aged 60 and over. He added a 71 to his opening 70 to go into the last round on three under par 141, seven in front of Canada's Bill Hardwick.
Arguably the round of the day came from English rookie, Tony Allen, who opened with a triple bogey seven on the 301 yard par four first but then recovered to post a three under par 69 to go into the last round tied in fourth place.
“I couldn’t have made a worse start if I had wanted to,” bemoaned Allen. “I hit my tee shot almost into the water hazard and then lost my ball after thinning my second through the green. After that, I chipped onto the green and took three more to get down.”
Allen’s recovery started when he birdied the second and the third. He dropped another shot on the 182 yard par three fourth but claimed five more birdies on the fifth, seventh, 13th, 16th and 17th.
Overnight leader, Robbie Stewart, making his Seniors Tour debut after turning 50 on Tuesday, dropped down the field after adding a 74 to his opening 68. He goes into the final round on two under par 142, tied alongside Bob Cameron, Guillermo Encina, Bernard Gallacher, Noel Ratcliffe and Hank Woodrome.
The other debutante, Italy’s Adriano Mori, dropped from second to 20th after also carding a 74.