Monday 27 March 2017

Campbell leads way for Irish in Seville

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Warrenpoint's Colm Campbell. Photo: by Pat Cashman
Warrenpoint's Colm Campbell. Photo: by Pat Cashman

A stunning five-under-par 67 in Seville yesterday sent Colm Campbell storming into the match play stages of the Spanish International Amateur Championship - with five other Irishmen also inside the top 32.

Warrenpoint star Campbell's magnificent round - with only reigning Amateur champion Romain Langasque's 64 bettering it - gave him a 36-hole three-under-par aggregate of 141 having signed for 74 on day one. It saw him qualify in fifth place and sets up a last-32 clash with Scotsman Grant Forrest (28th) .

Naas man Jonathan Yates carded a level-par 72 and placed 10th on one-under (143) after 36 holes of stroke play and now faces Jorge Maicas Redondo.

Naas team-mate Conor O'Rourke was 15th on one-over (145) and faces James Walker, while Whitehead's John-Ross Galbraith (25th) and Ballymena's Dermot McElroy (26th) were both two-over par.

Tullamore's Stuart Grehan - who squeezed just inside the cut on three-over - has probably the toughest task of all six Irishmen as he goes head to head with in-form Welshman Owen Edwards - who finished as the top qualifier on six-under par (138) after 36 holes.

However, there was disappointment for Jack Hume (Naas) who saw his hopes of a third straight tournament win crushed as he finished five-over par to miss the cut.

Meanwhile, in the Ladies' competition - which is being held at Valencia's Escorpion course - Maria Dunne will carry Irish hopes in the match play stages.

The Skerries player qualified in 28th after signing for 78 yesterday, having gone round in 72 on day one and will now face Pauline Roussin-Bouchard - who qualified in fifth - in the last 32.

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