Tuesday 24 October 2017

Ruaidhri McGee top of class at Q-School

Ruaidhri McGee
Ruaidhri McGee

Belfast's Ruaidhri McGee returned to the top of the leaderboard on the European Tour qualifying school in Cheshire and looks certain to move into the second stage.

McGee fired a 71 over the Wychwood Park course in Crewe for a 211 54-hole aggregate and is five strokes clear of nearest rival, American Ted Smith.

Dublin's Colm Moriarty slumped to a disappointing 80 for 219, two behind former Amateur Champion Alan Dunbar.

Dermot McElroy, on 220, is still in the hunt, but Paul Cutler is four back and needs a minor miracle to stay in contention.

Meanwhile, Dubliner Niall Kearney took a gigantic stride towards the second stage of qualifying for a European Tour card with an excellent three-under-par 69 at Fleesensee in Germany.

Kearney, who plays out of Royal Dublin and was a key member of the Ireland sides that won back-to-back European Amateur Team titles in 2007 and 2008, fired 69 on Tuesday and 68 the following day.

His 54-hole aggregate of 206 gives him a share of fourth position going into the final day and, barring a catastrophe, he should progress.

Both Cian McNamara and Simon Ward are way down the field in Germany and will miss out. American John Hahn leads on 200.

Irish Independent

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