Sunday 24 September 2017

McGee ready for Q-School assault

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Twelve Irish golfers will be bidding to move a step closer to their European Tour cards when they take part in the second stage of the Qualifying School at four different venues starting today.

Rosapenna's Ruaidhri McGee is hoping that his victory at the first-stage qualifying event at Wychwood Park back in September will spur him on at Las Colinas Golf and Country Club in Alicante.

The Heritage's Stephen Grant, Royal Dublin's Niall Kearney, Ballyliffin's Brendan McCarroll and Damian Mooney, and The Island's David Rawluk are also in action in Alicante.

Alan Dunbar will join Ballybunion's John-Daniel Guiney, Waterford star Kevin Phelan and Colm Moriarty of the Glasson Golf Hotel and Country Club at the Campo De Golf El Saler in Valencia.

The Lumine Golf and Beach Club in Tarragona will host Ballymena's Dermot McElroy, while Ulsterman Gareth Shaw will attempt to make progress from the Valle Romano Golf Club in Estepona Malaga.

All four events will take place from today until November 5, with the gruelling final qualifying stage taking place at the PGA Catalunya Resort from November 10-15.

Former world No 1 Roger Federer showed some of his old class when beating Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 4-6 6-3 at the Paris Masters to set up a semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic, who hammered Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1 6-4.

Federer has a 16-13 record against the Serb, who won their last meeting in London a year ago.

Top seed Rafa Nadal destroyed local favourite Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-1 as he stepped up his bid for a record sixth Masters Series crown in the same season.

As if Australia's build-up to the Ashes in the summer wasn't bad enough, the prelude to the return series on home soil is not going much better.

Most of the team are still in India and getting very tired after the hosts twice chased down 350 in the one-day series.

The decider is today in Bangalore with the series tied at 2-2. Only then can they return to proper first-class cricket and prepare for a daunting Test series.

Captain Michael Clarke stayed at home because of concerns about his bad back but he has at least spent some time at the crease. However, he has not covered himself in glory.

Despite scoring 88 in his first innings back for New South Wales, he has been reprimanded for showing dissent at an umpire's decision in the Sheffield Shield match.

The Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) have confirmed that Fergal Carruth has been appointed chief executive officer of the IABA.

Dublin-born Carruth, a brother of 1992 Olympic champion Michael, replaces Don Stewart, who has retired.

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