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Hot start keeps McGee on course for Tour card

Published 04/11/2013 | 01:00

Ulsterman Ruaidhri McGee took another step towards securing a European Tour card when he made an impressive start to the second qualifying stage of the Tour school.

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The 22-year-old Donegal man, who has been playing mainly on the Europro tour, put himself into a strong position to go through to the final qualifying hurdle next weekend with rounds of 67 and 70 over the Las Colinas course in Spain.

McGee, attached to the Rosapenna club, is tied for fifth place going into the third and penultimate round today and two more reasonable performances will take him to the brink of a Tour card.

Dubliner Niall Kearney is in the hunt in joint 21st place, also at Las Colinas, with a 141 aggregate.

Stephen Grant (145), Damian Mooney (143) Brendan McCarroll (148) and David Rawluk (151) have much work to do to make progress.

Meanwhile, at El Saler in Valencia, Kevin Phelan, the Walker Cup man from Waterford, leads Ireland's challenge on 143 after rounds of 71 and 72, while Athlone's Colm Moriarty is just one stroke adrift but 2012 Amateur Champion Alan Dunbar has left himself a mountain to climb after an 80 yesterday for a 153 total and John-Daniel Guiney appears out of it on 157.

Ballymena's Dermot McElroy kept himself in with a chance of progressing as he is on 139 (three-under par) and in joint 20th spot at the Lumine Club at Tarragona in Spain.

Ulster's Gareth Shaw, playing the Romano course in Malaga, posted 73 and 68 at the weekend and needs improvement to secure his progress.

Irish Independent

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