Tuesday 20 March 2018

Duo pass testing lesson

Damian Mooney and Niall Kearney both survived stage two of the European Tour's qualifying school in Spain last night.

Antrim man Mooney signed off with a level-par 72 at Costa Ballena in Jerez for a seven-under 281 and shared fourth spot, three shots behind Norwegian winner Eirik Tage Johansen.

Kearney, the 22-year-old Dubliner, had a 75 for a 284 total and claimed one of the 23 places on offer with four shots to spare.

Michael Collins (293) and Irish PGA champion David Mortimer (301) both failed to make the grade.

At El Valle, Barrie Trainor had to settle for one of the reserve places as he finished just a stroke outside the qualifying zone with a one-over 285 after a 70. Gary Murphy's disappointing season continued as he slumped to a 76 for 290. Stephen Grant (292) and Mervyn Owens (298) were also out of the running.

Niall Turner closed with a one-under 71 at Hacienda Del Alamo but missed out by four shots with a level-par 288. The final round at Arcos Gardens was abandoned due to rain and will be completed today ahead of the six-round Q-School final in Girona, which starts on Saturday.

Irish Independent

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