Wednesday 16 October 2019

Carey and O'Rourke on course in Italy

With storms forcing today’s schedule to be scrapped, two sets of five singles were played yesterday (stock photo)
With storms forcing today’s schedule to be scrapped, two sets of five singles were played yesterday (stock photo)

Brian Keogh

David Carey continued his incredible run of form in Italy to roar into a five-stroke lead at halfway in the First Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School.

Just a month after shooting an 11-under 57 en route to victory on the Alps Tour, the Dubliner (23) fired an 11-under 61 at Bogogno Golf Resort to lead on 17-under, carding nine birdies and an eagle. The top 19 and ties will progress to the Second Stage in Spain next month and Naas' Conor O'Rourke is also on track after a 63 left him tied fifth on 10-under.

At Frilford Heath in the UK, Whitehead's John-Ross Galbraith (67-72) is tied for sixth on five-under, just three shots off the lead with Niall Kearney (69-71) tied 10th and Paul McBride (72-67) joint 17th.

But it looks like an uphill task now for Derry's Ruaidhri McGee at the First Stage of the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament in Florida after a second-round 74 left him six shots outside the top 23 to qualify at halfway.

Meanwhile, Ireland won the Senior Women's Senior Home Internationals for the third year in a row when they pipped England on a countback at Rosses Point.

Valerie Hassett's charges also denied England a clean sweep of all six Home International Championships this year.

With storms forcing today's schedule to be scrapped, two sets of five singles were played yesterday.

Ireland beat Wales 4-1 before edging out England for the title on overall matches won (11 wins to 10) when they drew 2.5-2.5 in the afternoon thanks to wins for Laura Webb and Alison Taylor and a title-clinching half for Gertie McMullen.

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