Sunday 18 March 2018

In brief: Doherty, Morris exit World Open


There was no joy for the Irish contingent at the World Open in Glasgow yesterday as both Ken Doherty and David Morris made their exits.

Former world champion Doherty bowed out to Barry Hawkins, who gave a strong display, with breaks of 57, 73 and 53 earning a 3-1 triumph.

World champion Neil Robertson recorded a 3-1 win against 21-year-old Morris. The Australian took the opening frame before Morris won a scrappy second.

Robertson eased himself back in front with a run of 62 in the third, before coming from behind in the next to book his place in the next round.

Doherty, meanwhile, will tackle Jimmy White in a challenge match as part of the Ranelagh Arts Festival next Tuesday in the Sandford Park School auditorium.

Tickets are on sale from the festival box office, 26 Ranelagh, starting from just €10 and there is also a fund-raising auction launched for those who want to play with either player. Phone 085 743 7212 or see


Paul O'Hanlon stayed on course to progress past stage one of the European Tour's qualifying school at Wychwood Park near Crewe.

The Curragh golfer posted a one-under 71 for a level-par 144 and shares 15th place behind Englishman James Heath, who leads on a 138.

Dara Lernihan carded a 73 for 147, but Dublin's David Rawluk tumbled down the standings with an 81 for 153.

At Circolo Golf Bogogno in Italy, Ruaidhri McGee improved on his opening 75 with a battling three-under 69 and moved up to 40th. He sits 12 shots behind half-way leader Marco Guerisoli (132).


IRELAND'S James McGee powered his way to the second round of the ITF Futures event in Tangiers.

The Dubliner beat fellow unseeded player Marcos Giraldi-Requena 6-1 6-3.

However, McGee faces a stiffer test today, being paired against the No 8 seed, Spain's Gerard Granollers-Pujol, with a place in the last eight at stake.

Meanwhile, unseeded Irish player Julia Moriarty failed to make up a 525-place deficit in the world rankings on Britain's Naomi Cavaday in the first round of the ITF Circuit in Alice Springs, Australia. Cavaday coasted to a 6-1 6-2 victory.

In the ITF U-18 Circuit Grade One event in Croatia, Ireland's Amy Bowtell and Britain's Lucy Brown, the No 7 seeds, reached the girls' doubles quarter-finals thanks to a 6-4 6-1 win over Lithuania's Lina Padegimate and Croatia's Bernarda Pera.

Irish Independent

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