Second place for Mark Murphy

A TWO under par final round of 70 at Frilforth Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire on Friday last was enough for Waterville's Mark Murphy to finish second overall at the Europro Tour Final Qualifying School

This earned him playing rights for the coming season as a category 3 member.

Earlier in the week Murphy had fired rounds of 68, 66 and 70 to move into contention for the top spot but he was edged out by a single shot by Englishman David Booth who closed with a 67.

An eagle three at the par five fifteenth hole of his final round saw the Waterville man actually share the lead but a costly bogey at the final hole saw him lose out by just the one shot.

He still managed to pocket £2,000 for his week's golf and secured his playing rights along with former Irish internationals Richard Kilpatrick from Banbridge and Stephen Grant from the Heritage club in Laois, while two other Irish players Noel Quinn and Richard Weldon both missed the 36-hole cut.

The Europro Tour runs from now until the end of October with a series of events all over the UK including the Kerry-London Championship at Burhill Golf Club which carries a £40,000 purse including a first prize of £10,000.


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