Duncan Stewart holds a three-stroke lead ahead of a season-decisive final round of the Sweetspot Masters at Hunley Hotel and Golf Club.
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The event is the final tournament prior to the 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour Championships at Woburn, where only the top 60 on the Order of Merit after Fridayâ€™s play will be invited to compete.
The top five after Tour Championships are rewarded with Challenge Tour categories for 2013, and Stewart could guarantee his move to European golfâ€™s second tier should he become the first player to win two Tour events this summer with victory in the Sweetspot Masters.
Stewart (Grantown on Spey) leads James Maw (Abbeydale Golf Club) by three strokes after both carded second-round 68s, five under par on the Morgans Course.
Order of Merit leader Stuart Manley (Machynys Peninsula) is third on nine under par. Paul Maddy (Gog Magog) and Will Roebuck (Shirley Parsons Associates) are tied for fourth on eight under par, five strokes off the lead.
Stewart had record an eight-under-par opening round on Wednesday and went low again on Thursday despite two bogeys on the back nine.
He opened with five pars before embarking on a run of three consecutive birdies from the par-four sixth. A bogey at 11 set him back a shot but a birdie at 12 and an eagle at the par-four 13th quickly made amends.
His second bogey was made at the 14th but a three at 15 cancelled that out immediately and he negotiated his final three holes of the round to par.
Maw shot a second consecutive 68 to move to 10 under par after 36 holes. He began at the 10th and after birdies at 12 and 15 and a bogey at the par-four 17th turned home one under the card.
A bogey at the second was his only blemish coming in as he made birdies at one, three, six, seven and eight to complete an impressive back nine.
A cut to the leading 50 players has now been made. All golfers with a 36-hole score of one-under-par or better will advance to Fridayâ€™s final round, where the first group tee off at 8am.
Stewart and Maw tee off in the final pairing at 11:46am on Friday.
Over 300 spectators have already registered for tickets online and everybody is welcome to turn up on the day. Golf fans can take advantage of FREE entry to the Sweetspot Masters at Hunley Hotel and Golf Club. The event is being filmed for a two-hour highlights package to be shown on Sky Sports later in the month.