Monday 11 December 2017

McGee has good day at School

Ruaidhri McGee is just one shot off the pace in the first stage of the European Tour Qualifying School after a five-star display at Frilford Heath.

The 21-year-old Derry-born former inter-provincial boys champion, who is now based in the Murcia region of Spain, carded a two-under-par 70 to give himself a chance of making progress.

Former Ulster U-15 champion McGee, who set up his own website and sold advertising to finance his golf, started with three birdies and had two more over the last three holes.

His blemishes came courtesy of a double-bogey six on the eighth and a bogey on the 17th.

Florida-based Chris Devlin, who hails from Ballymena, was the only other Irish player to keep in touch with the leaders at Frilford Heath. He had a 73.

Dubliner David Rawluk took 76 and there were 78s for Brian Casey and John-Daniel Guiney, with Mike Kelly slumping to an 82.

Welshman Liam Bond set the pace here with a splendid 67.

Meanwhile, at Ribagolfe in Portugal, Glen Robinson of St Helen's Bay carded three twos as he led the Irish charge with a 70 -- one off the pace.

Andrew Hogan (73), Dara Lernihan (75) and Michael McGeady (76) all have work to do if they are to progress.

Irish Independent

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