Wednesday 13 December 2017

Galbraith on track for second Close title

Galbraith "Playing in a few pro events has taught me a lesson, how the boys go about their business.” Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Brian Keogh

Whitehead's John-Ross Galbraith claimed the leading qualifier's silver medal at Ballyliffin and insisted he's aiming to maintain his 100pc record in the AIG Irish Amateur Close by winning it for the second time.

The 22-year-old international recovered from a double bogey on the second at the stunning and testing Glashedy Links in Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula, firing six birdies and dropping just one more shot as he added a 69 to his opening 71 to lead the qualifiers on four-under-par 140.

The Co Antrim star, one of Ireland's Home Internationals heroes at Nairn last weekend, finished a stroke ahead of Tramore's Robin Dawson (70-71)with overnight leader Thomas Mulligan (69-73) from Louth the only other player to finish the 36-hole qualifying race in the red on two-under-par.

"I've only played the Close once and won it once!" joked Galbraith, who triumphed at Seapoint in 2014 and hopes one day to become a professional.

"I'm just being a wee bit more professional about things, playing in a few pro events has taught me a lesson, how the boys go about their business."

"I'm going to stay amateur next year and try to push for Walker Cup."

The cut fell at 12-over-par 156 and exactly 64 players on that mark or better, avoiding the need for playoffs after the countback condition was abandoned in terms of sudden-death for this year's 'West' and 'Close' championships.

Irish Independent

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