Thursday 29 September 2016

Hood on course for top-10 finish in Portugal

Published 13/02/2016 | 02:30

Starting on the 10th, Jordan Hood was level par at the turn, with a birdie on the 12th offset by a bogey on the 13th (Stock picture)
Starting on the 10th, Jordan Hood was level par at the turn, with a birdie on the 12th offset by a bogey on the 13th (Stock picture)

Galgorm Castle's Jordan Hood is on track for a strong finish as he heads into this morning's final round of the Portuguese International Amateur Championship at Montado.

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The Leinster Youths Amateur Open champion is tied for 10th on two under par following rounds of 74, 69 and then 71 yesterday.

Starting on the 10th, Hood was level par at the turn, with a birdie on the 12th offset by a bogey on the 13th.

Two more birdies - on three and seven - followed after the turn with a bogey on four to come in one-under.

Although victory today is unlikely given he is nine strokes back, another strong round will ensure a top 10 finish.

Ronan Mullarney was the only other Irishman to make the 54-hole cut, right on the mark on four over.

Elsewhere, the Irish Amateur Open Championship will have a new home next year. After a 10-year run at Royal Dublin, the oldest Championship in Irish amateur golf moves north to Royal County Down in 2017.

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