Staunton takes record tonic into EuroPro event
MARK STAUNTON had a real spring in his step as he marched onto the tee for today's first round of the EuroPro Tour showdown at Castle Dargan in Sligo.
Staunton (28) shattered Brendan McGovern's 16-year course record at Foxrock by two strokes on Sunday with a sizzling seven-under-par 63 in the club's annual Pro-Am.
It was just what the golf doctor ordered for the Ballinasloe man after he had missed the cut in last week's Pandora Open, which was Staunton's first EuroPro outing this year.
Staunton is just one of 35 aspiring Irish professionals in a multi-national field of 114 vying for a €12,000 first prize over the next three days on the 6,800-yard championship course designed by Ireland's Ryder Cup hero Darren Clarke at Castle Dargan.
Coventry's Robert Steele, who beat Sean Doherty of Bury in a sudden death play-off at Burhill last week, hopes to double-up at Castle Dargan.
Paul O'Hanlon, Curragh Golf Club's 2008 Irish Close champion, currently is highest-ranked of the 'home team' at No 7 in the EuroPro Order of Merit after impressive top-10s in the two tournaments so far.