Monday 25 September 2017

O'Keeffe maintains push to secure Q-School ticket to Spain

CORK'S Peter O'Keeffe fired himself into contention for a place in the second stage of European Tour Qualifying with a two-under 70 for a 36-hole aggregate of 142 (two-under par) at The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Club in Scotland.

O'Keeffe currently shares eighth place and with only the top 17 and ties progressing to Spain next month, he will need to continue this form over the next two days.

Ballyliffin's Damian Mooney improved on his 72 of Tuesday with a one-under 71 to also keep himself in the mix for qualification.

The Island's David Rawluk ended the day with a level-par 72, leaving him tied for 19th place on 145. Waterville's Mark Murphy also fired 72, but his 76 on Tuesday has left him in a tie for 34th place, while Newlands' Mark Staunton's 72 put him in a tie for 42nd.

Kilkenny's Gary Murphy (73) and Newlands' Daniel Sugrue (76) finished the day on 10-over-par due to poor opening rounds, while Newlands' Andrew Hogan shot a 79 to leave him on 12-over and facing an almost impossible task.

Sweden's Philip Eriksson leads on six-under-par after a magnificent second round of 66.

* Ireland shared the spoils with Scotland on the opening day of the Ladies Home Internationals at Scotscraig in Fife, as Wales shocked defending champions England. The results leave the title wide open and today Ireland meet Wales knowing that a win could put them in pole position.

Trailing 2-1 after the foursomes, Ireland came out with all guns blazing for the singles and for long periods looked as though they would prevail. But Leona Maguire, who has been the star of so many Irish triumphs, faltered on the closing stretch to allow Eilidh Briggs to grab a half in their contest and level the match at 4.5 apiece.

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