Wednesday 17 January 2018

Devlin and Casey lead Irish push for Tour cards

A DOZEN more Irish golfers begin their pursuit of a place on the European Tour as they bid to join the 10 men already through to the second phase of qualifying school.

Six Irishmen, including Ballymena-born Florida resident Chris Devlin and Headfort amateur Brian Casey tee off at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire, while the other half attempt to progress at Ribagolfe in Lisbon, Portugal.

For those who make it through after the last round on Friday, a trip to one of four courses in Spain is in store next month, and if that test is passed then the daunting prospect of final qualifying awaits later in November.

Joining Devlin and Casey at Frilford Heath will be Ballybunion's John-Daniel Guiney and The Island's David Rawluk as well as Mike Kelly and Ruaidhri McGee.

In Portugal, Richard Kilpatrick, attached to the Banbridge club, is the sole representative from the North, while amateur Andrew Hogan of Newlands goes in search of glory.

Alan Glynn, Michael McGeady and Glen Robinson of St Helen's Bay and Dara Lernihan also take part.

Meanwhile, Helen Jones and Pat Doran are included on a strong Irish team bidding for a first Senior Ladies Home International Championship over the Elie and Earlsberry course in Scotland. Ireland open their campaign against England.

Irish Independent

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