McElroy is back on track
Ballymena teenager Dermot McElroy warmed up for his assault on the Amateur Championship at Troon later this month with an encouraging display in the Scottish Open Amateur Championship at Kilmarnock (Barassie) at the weekend.
After a 74 on Friday, McElroy, a member of the Great Britain and Ireland squad, needed to step up a gear to make certain of surviving the halfway cut -- and this he did with a splendid 72, his best round of the tournament.
Having edged into the final 41, McElroy, who will be 19 next week, moved up through the scoreboard with rounds of 75 and 73 in tricky conditions.
A double-bogey six on the 13th rather marred his third round but he was superbly steady in the afternoon firing 16 pars, one birdie and a bogey.
His 294 aggregate gave him 21st place, albeit 12 shots adrift of runaway winner Paul Barjon of France. Barjon was four strokes ahead of South African Haydn Porteous and Australian Rory Bourke.
Also in Scotland, the Carlow pair of Aedin Murphy and Karen Delaney finished well down the field in the prestigious St Rule Trophy at St Andrews.
Murphy was on 238 after rounds of 80, 80 and 78, while Delaney ended on 243 with rounds of 80, 80 and 83. They were both well adrift of winner Laura Murray, the Scottish champion from Alford, who posted a 54-hole total of 220.