Deise duo Hurley and Phelan ready for final hurdle in race for Tour cards
Waterford duo Gary Hurley and Kevin Phelan are safely through to the final stage of qualification for a European Tour card.
Both successfully negotiated the final 18 holes of the second stage event at Las Colinas in Spain yesterday to bag one of the spots for the third stage, which gets under way at Catalunya on Saturday.
Walker Cup hero Hurley (23) who plays out of West Waterford, finished in a tie for seventh on six-under par after posting a one-under 70 for his final round - which included four birdies and three bogeys.
Also through is Waterford-born Phelan, who carded five birdies and three bogeys in his two-under par 69 yesterday to finish tied ninth.
The 25-year-old, also a former Walker Cup player, is looking to repeat his feat of three years ago when he progressed through to earn his card.
Following three withdrawals from the final stage, an extra spot was given at Panoramica, Las Colinas and Lumine, while 17 still qualified from El Saler.
There was disappointment for Rosapenna's Ruaidhri McGee who missed out at Lumine in a play-off having been tied right on the mark on six-under.
Other Irishmen also missing out across the four venues were Cormac Sharvin, Niall Kearney, Chris Selfridge, Tim Rice, Declan Loftus and Brain Casey.
Jack Hume, Jonathan Caldwell and Stephen Grant had already withdrawn.