Monday 18 December 2017

Irish hopefuls fail to make required grade in Q-School

Paul O'Hanlon, Dara Lernihan, Brendan McCarroll and Ruaidhri McGee all failed to make the grade in stage one of the European Tour's qualifying school yesterday.

O'Hanlon (75) and amateur cap Lernihan (72) both finished with six-over aggregates of 294 at Wychwood Park near Crewe, but fell three strokes short of the 291 qualifying mark.

McCarroll, who had pushed himself back into the hunt for one of the 28 stage two places on offer with a third-round 68, slumped to a closing 77 and tumbled out of the running on 295.

Englishman James Heath topped the leaderboard on seven-under 281 after a 72.

At Circolo Golf Bogogno in Italy, McGee, who had put himself in the qualifying picture with successive 69s, could only muster a two-over 74 and missed out by four shots with a one-under 287.

Spain's Francis Valera and Marco Crespi of Italy led the field on 18-under with totals of 270.

Details in Factfile

Irish Independent

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