Saturday 25 November 2017

McGeady advances at q-school

Michael McGeady cruised into the second stage of the European Tour Qualifying School, to be held in Spain in early December, with a joint fifth-place finish over the Ribagolfe course in Portugal yesterday.

The Derry man closed with a three-over-par 75 for a 72-hole total of 286, four strokes adrift of South African Donald McGuigan, who led the 26 qualifiers.

Ballymena's Chris Devlin and Brendan McCarroll were the only other Irishmen to make it through from the Portuguese venue as Fergal Rafferty and John Kelly fell away.

Devlin fired a final-round 77 for a 72-hole total of 290 and McCarroll finished with 74 for 291, just two strokes inside the cut-off mark.

Meanwhile, at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire, Ballinasloe's Mark Staunton and David Higgins of Waterville survived and go through to the second stage, while Dara Lernihan failed by eight strokes.

Staunton stumbled somewhat on the final day, slumping to a 79 for a 293 total but still made progress with three strokes to spare, while Higgins, with a 74 for 294, also kept alive his hopes. England's former Walker Cup player Dale Whitnell led the way in Oxfordshire on 279.

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