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Friday 16 November 2018

Relief for Moynihan as he makes first world-ranking cut in eight months

Gavin Moynihan made his first cut in a world-ranking event for almost eight months at the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore. Photo: Getty Images
Gavin Moynihan made his first cut in a world-ranking event for almost eight months at the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore. Photo: Getty Images

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Gavin Moynihan made his first cut in a world-ranking event for almost eight months at the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore.

As Michael Hoey fired a five-under 66 to share ninth place, just four shots behind Scotland's David Law on three-under par, Moynihan birdied three of his last 10 holes for a 69 to lie just a shot further back in 18th at MacDonald Spey Valley Golf Club, ending a miserable run.

Derry's Ruaidhri McGee was the only other Irish player to make the weekend, despite carding a 73 to slip to two-over.

On the PGA Europro Tour, Donegal's Brendan McCarroll was beaten by England's Mark Young in a playoff for the Jessie May World Snooker Championship at Clevedon Golf Club, picking up (£6,000) €6,823.

The 2006 East of Ireland winner (32) double-bogeyed the 16th and bogeyed the 17th, carding a three-under 69 to tie with Young on 11-under before losing out at the first extra hole. Niall Kearney shot 66 to tie for 10th on eight-under.

Meanwhile, Seapoint's Dylan Keating (16) carded a final-round 70 to overcome a four-shot deficit and win the Irish Boys U-16 Championship at Castle Dargan.

A nephew of singer Ronan Keating, he finished on one-under 215, three shots ahead overnight leader Josh Black from Lisburn, who shot 77.

"It's great to get it," said Keating. "I didn't think I was going to get it. I had a solid back nine. Josh made a few mistakes, and I capitalised."

Mel Deasy from Bantry Bay closed with a 71 to finish third overall on two-over, claiming the U-15 prize.

Elsewhere, Robin Dawson will take on South African Jovan Rebula this morning in the final of the 123rd Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen with the hope of becoming the first Irish winner since 2012.

Dawson powered his way into the showpiece with a dominant 3&2 semi-final victory over fellow Irishman Conor Purcell (Portmarnock).

Flogas Irish Amateur Open champion Dawson (Tramore) took control of the last-four tie by taking the first hole and he never looked back.

Dawson had seen off another Irishman in the quarter-finals, edging past St Andrews Links Trophy winner John Murphy (Kinsale) 2&1 in a tense encounter.

"Today was great but it wasn't easy (playing against fellow countrymen)," said Dawson.

"They are both good friends of mine from being in Ireland teams in the past but we had a couple of good friendly matches out there today."

Irish Independent

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