Sunday 18 February 2018

Rawluk and Mooney pass first test at Q-School with flying colours

Dubliner David Rawluk and Ulsterman Damien Mooney have both taken their first steps towards collecting European Tour cards for next season.

Mooney, who plays out of Ballyliffin, Donegal, shot a splendid final-round 70 in the opening Q-School stage at Roxburghe which, added to his earlier scores of 72, 71 and 71, put him in outright fourth position with an aggregate of four-under-par 284, six shots behind tournament winner Philip Eriksson.

The Swede's final round of 69 put him three shots clear of England's Jamie Moul and Zane Scotland.

Rawluk, who plays out of The Island Club, secured his place in the second qualifying stage after he produced a brilliant score of 69, which left him on two-under-par after his earlier scores of 73, 72 and 72. His overall 286 earned him a share of seventh place.

Both Mooney and Rawluk go through to the second qualifying stage in November.

After Thursday's heroics, Waterville's Mark Murphy missed qualification as he could only manage a 74 to leave his final score for the week at three-over-par due to the previous 76, 72 and 69 that resulted in him tying for 23rd position.

There was also bad news for Peter O'Keeffe of Douglas and Newlands' Mark Staunton as they both failed to make the next stage.

O'Keeffe completed his round with a three-over-par 75 to give him a final score of 295, leaving him in a tie for 39th, while Staunton's final-round 71 also gave him a share of 39th position after earlier scores of 78, 72 and 74.

Irish Independent

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