After his second round Gareth Maybin lies just eight shots off the lead of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Ballyclare golfer Maybin is tied for 19th place on six under following a 70, which included a bogey and three birdies .
And Michael Hoey ended his day on four under after a 72 which ended with an eagle three at the 18th, but Gareth Shaw missed the cut on one under after a poor showing.
Hoey’s second 18 holes also saw him card two birdies and four bogeys.
Meawhile Simon Thornton shot a 67 to move to three under, while Damien McGrane on one over and David Higgins on two over.
And early leader Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez - who leads by a shot - says things have run smoothly in the past.
“The last two years have been very difficult personally,” Gonzalez said. “If I win I would like to dedicate it to my mother and father, that’s my target this week.
“It’s a very important week for me because I have not played well at the start of the season,” he added. “To shoot two rounds of 65 is amazing. I had five weeks’ rest to recharge my batteries.
“It’s strange because I’m a professional golfer and I need competition, but I’m feeling great after five weeks off.”
And second placed Bernd Wiesberger has impressed Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.
“I played with Mr McGinley in the final round of the Scottish Open and afterwards he said he was very happy with my game and thinks I can play myself into the team. That’s something I really enjoyed hearing.”