After a cut to 66 players, Doug McGuigan carded a steady 72 to hold a share of sixth in stage one of European Tour Qualifying School at Ribagolfe in Portugal on Thursday.
McGuigan stayed focused for his round of level par and kept his tournament score at three-under-par ahead of the final round, which will see the top 25 progress to the next stage.
Despite Swede Bjorn Pettersson leading at seven-under after his second round 65, McGuigan has maintained steady form since moving to three-under on day one.
Bradford Vaughn is one stroke back on the leaderboard after shooting a second-round 67, which secured his share of ninth at two-under-par.
Oliver Bekker, who won the Sunshine TourÂs Northern Cape Classic in September, holds 20th at two-over and has his work cut out for him in order to remain within the bounds of the top-25.
There is a simultaneous Qualifying School event at England’s Frilford Heath, where Jeremy Kavanagh, an Englishman from the Sunshine Tour, holds a share of 19th at six-over-par.
His countryman Neil Cheetham lies on the bubble in a share of 25th at seven-over-par and cannot afford to slip in the final round.
Nine-over-par Josh Cunliffe and 12-over-par Ryan Tipping have plenty to do in the final round to secure their progression to the next stage.
With 14 players below par at the Portuguese tournament, McGuigan has done well thus far to stay with the frontrunners and has a good standing ahead of tomorrowÂs final round.
Should he qualify he will progress to stage two, which will be held at four courses across southern Spain during December.