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Saturday 24 February 2018

Galbraith on move

John-Ross Galbraith. Photo: Sportsfile
John-Ross Galbraith. Photo: Sportsfile Sportsdesk

John-Ross Galbraith took another step towards qualification from the first stage of European Tour qualifying school after a second successive 70 over the Roxburghe course in Scotland.

The former Irish Close and North of Ireland champion finished with a flourish with three birdies over his final five holes in a two-under-par second round.

It means the Whitehead man heads in today's third round on four-under par (140) and on course to bag one of the qualification spots that will be earned by 20th place and ties. Galbraith is tied fifth and three strokes inside the qualification mark, currently one-under.

Denmark's Rasmus Hjelm leads the field on 10-under par. After another 18 holes today, those within seven strokes of the last qualification spot will make the cut and contest the final 18 holes.

Drive Golf's Colm Moriarty (73, 72) heads into round three one-over par but Headfort's Joe Dillon and Castlewarden's Mark Whelan are all but out of contention on eight-over and nine-over respectively.

Meanwhile Mount Juliet's Stephen Grant is aiming to bag one of the spots at the corresponding event in Germany. Grant signed for a two-over 74 and is one-over after two rounds after his opening 71.

Irish Independent

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