Top marks for Casey on road to final exam
Headfort's Brian Casey gave yet another champagne performance yesterday to continue his relentless march to the final European Tour qualifying school.
He has brilliantly mastered the Panoramica course at Castella in Spain to a standard on the brink of qualification for the final school.
He followed up his 65 on Friday with a 68 on Saturday and then a sensational eight-under-par 64 yesterday for a 54-hole aggregate of 197 - 19-under par.
The Meath man carded six birdies on his way to the turn in just 30 strokes and had three on the back nine. His only hiccup was a bogey on the 10th. Casey goes into the fourth and last round at Panoramica today just two strokes behind leader Scott Fernandez of Spain.
Also at the Castella venue Jack Hume of Naas is still in the hunt on 214 after a 74 yesterday - his big disappointment was a double-bogey six on the 14th. Colm Campbell Jr took 70 for a 214 total and a share of 39th place at Panoramica while Jonathan Caldwell finished with a double-bogey seven for an unhappy 77 for 220.
It was a disastrous Sunday for Dublin's Walker Cup star Gavin Moynihan who plays out of The Island as he slumped to a miserable 80 for a 221 total at El Saler and out of the picture. Uncharacteristically, Moynihan recorded three double-bogeys.
Michael McGeady is also playing at El Saler and returned a 69 yesterday but with a 218 aggregate has seen his dream of a card effectively disappear. Moyola Park's Chris Selfridge pulled out after two rounds.
Greystones Paul Dunne, the Open Championship hero, had a closing birdie for a 71 at Lumine and a 207 total but Waterford's Gary Hurley is one better than that after a 68 yesterday despite two bogeys in the last five holes.