Victorian Ben Eccles produced a second-round 68 to be lying just three shots from the lead through two rounds of the European Tour Q-School in Spain.
Eccles, who turns 22 later this month, capped his round with three birdies in succession from the 12th hole on the Orange Course at PGA Cataluyna in Girona.
The England duo of Richard McEvoy (69) and Robert Coles (68) head the field of 155 players who are vying for the top-25 in the pressure-cooker scenario of contesting six rounds.
The England-born Eccles gave up defending his NSW Open title to strive to secure his European Tour card.
In shooting a 19-under par tally, Eccles became only the fifth amateur since 1931 to be handed the Kel Nagle trophy.
Perth's Daniel Fox shot a second-day 66 to share four under par with a host of playing including Tasmanian Ryan McCarthy who produced the second lowest score of the day, a 64 on the Tour Course.
Fox is a former double Tasmanian Amateur champion and then in 2009 captured his first pro career title in winning the 2009 Tasmanian Open, and the only state title to elude Greg Norman.
Biggest disappointment so far is the showing of five-time European Tour winner Brett Rumford who might be questioning why he didn’t remain in Australia and find form in Australasian Tour events rather than try his hand at Q-School, his first since earning his card for the 2002 season
The Perth golfer played the European Tour on a medical exemption this season but failed to retain 2017 automatic membership in finishing 118th on the Race to Dubai.
Rumford failed to produce a birdie in his Spanish second round of 75 to slump to six over par.