Brady secures West of Ireland spot thanks to stylish display
Local member David Brady (17), who played for Ireland Boys v Wales recently, booked his place for tomorrow's West of Ireland championship at Co Sligo in style.
Brady's two-under-par 69 in the 18-hole pre-qualifying round gave him a two-shot margin ahead of nearest challenger Jonathan Breen of Knock GC.
They were joined in the top six qualifying spots by Daniel O'Connor of Athlone , Devin Morley (Oughterard), Bearna's Patrick Neville and Brian O'Reilly (Athenry), who all scored 73.
Eight players finished on 74, and a sudden death play-off was needed before Serryth Heavey (Co Sligo), Alan Duffy (Royal Tara) and Jonathan Doherty (Ballina) claimed the last three positions.
Meanwhile, Dubliner Kevin Le Blanc is the top Irishman at the halfway stage of the prestigious Peter McEvoy Trophy tournament at Copt Heath in the West Midlands.
The Irish Boys U-15 champion gave an accomplished performance to return scores of 71 and 72 for a one-over-par aggregate of 143.
He is in joint fifth position some eight strokes adrift of leader Haydn McCullen from Delamere Forest, who is four clear of nearest rival Bradley Moore, the defending champion, from Keddleston Park.
A closing bogey five in his first round and three dropped strokes in the last four holes of his second round cost Le Blanc from The Island club.
It did look as though Hermitage's Rowan Lester would lead the Irish charge when he carded a superb four-under-par first round 67 but he faded alarmingly after lunch, taking 77 for a 144 total.
He started that round with three straight bogeys and had a double-bogey six on the eighth.
David Carey of Carton House is on 145 while James Sugrue of Mallow is on 147 after rounds of 71 and 76.
Day forced to wear cast for two weeks
Australian golfer Jason Day has a cast on his left hand to immobilise his injured thumb and isn't expected to return to action until The Players Championship in three weeks.
Day injured his thumb while winning the Accenture Match Play Championship in late February. He took six weeks off before playing at the Masters, where he barely made the cut.
His agent Bud Martin says the inflammation is deep and irritated by simple tasks. He's expected to wear the cast for two weeks.
Elsewhere, latest reports from the States suggests that Tiger Woods is odds-on to miss June's US Open – which provided the World No 1 with his last major title in 2008 – as he continues his recovery from back surgery.