Thursday 14 December 2017

Caldwell leads Irish charge Golf

Jonathan Caldwell posted the lowest score of the week at Roxburghe yesterday to lead the qualifiers into the second stage of the European Tour School.

Caldwell returned a sensational eight-under-par 64 for a 72-hole aggregate of 272 - 16 under par - to head the 21 qualifiers by five strokes.

Fellow Irishmen Rory McNamara, Alan Dunbar, Gary Hurley, Colm Campbell and Brian Casey also made it through.

Caldwell enjoyed a bogey-free round as he spreadeagled his rivals.

He went out in 31 which included an eagle three on the fifth and three birdies. He had three birdies on the homeward stretch.

Meanwhile, at Feesensee, Stephen Grant failed to go through to the second qualifying stage as he finished on 290 after a disappointing three days.

Another remarkable display by teenager Charley Hull and a wonder shot from Carlota Ciganda were the highlights of a rain-marred first day as Europe snatched a 4-2 lead over the US at the Solheim Cup.

Hull, who stole the show as a 17-year-old when Europe won the biennial event for the second edition in a row two years ago, won both her matches at the St Leon-Rot Golf Club, while Ciganda's stunning eagle two restored parity in a fourballs tie that will resume this morning.


Rob McGrath matched his brother Mick's two-try haul from the opening round as Clontarf beat Old Belvedere 20-14 for their second successive Ulster Bank League win.

Winger McGrath's intercept effort had them 7-3 ahead at half-time.

In the second half 'Tarf brought on last season's Division 1A Player of the Year Matt D'Arcy, but McGrath struck again to settle the tie.

Elsewhere, hooker Liam McMahon's try nine minutes from time helped Garryowen fight back for a 16-all draw with hosts Young Munster and maintained their unbeaten start to the new Division 1A campaign as winger James Frawley landed the levelling conversion.

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