Thursday 29 June 2017

Mooney moves to top of class

Damian Mooney surged to the top of the field in the second round of the European Tour's qualifying school -- Stage 1 at Dundonald Links in Ayrshire. The Irish PGA campaigner shot a fine six-under 66 for a one-under total of 143 to move into a one-shot lead over former Walker Cup player Wallace Booth of Scotland.

Michael Collins grabbed third place on 146 with a tidy 69, while Peter O'Keeffe and David Mortimer finished on the 152 mark after a 74 and a 73, respectively. Former Walker Cup player Noel Fox had 78 for 157, while triple Challenge Tour winner David Higgins is toiling on 159 after an 81.

At Fleesensee in Germany, amateur Sean Patrick Ryan finished in a share of 16th after a one-under 71 left him on level-par 144, nine shots behind Canadian leader Matthew Bliss. Stephen Grant hit a 72 for a 146 with Mervyn Owens (73) one back on 147.

Irish seniors land third title on trot

Ireland won the Senior Men's Home International title for the third year in succession when they demolished host nation Scotland at Crail yesterday.

After victories over England and Wales, Ireland were hot favourites and they cruised to a 7.5-1.5 victory. An impressive foursomes showing earned them a 3-0 lunch-time lead, with Garth McGimpsey and Seamus McParland trouncing John McDonald and Jim Watt 7&6.

The Irish started well in the singles: Maurice Kelly took a grip on his match with Keith Stimpson and when Portmarnock's Adrian Morrow beat Watt 6&5 the issue was settled.

McGimpsey had to work hard for a one-hole triumph over David Gardner. That success meant that McGimpsey, the 1985 Amateur champion, collected a maximum six points during the series.

Triple-bogey puts paid to Jones' chances

A triple-bogey eight on the 17th cost Strabane's Helen Jones any chance of a seniors double in the British Amateur Open at West Kilbride yesterday.

The runaway winner of last week's Irish Seniors championship finished fifth with an 81 having come home in 43, for an aggregate of 240 was not even the top Irish player.

That honour went to Donabate's Pat Doran, who took the runner-up spot after a final round of 74.

Doran finished on 216, a stroke behind new champion, Beverly New, who ended with the tournament's best round (73). Third was last year's champion Vicki Thomas, the former Curtis Cup player. Sheena McElroy from Grange was joint 10th on 243.

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