Sunday 21 January 2018

McElroy into Q-School final

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Ballymena's Dermot McElroy remains in with a chance of clinching a European Tour card, after bagging the final qualifying spot at the European Tour's Q-School at Lumine in Spain.

The Ulsterman finished in 18th position overall to claim the final spot available at the Lumine Club in Tarragona, 10 shots behind the winner, England's Chris Hanson.

McElroy was lying in 25th position going into the final round but the North of Ireland Stroke Play champion held his nerve to produce a round of 71, that left him on an aggregate score of 279, five-under-par.

The final six-round stage of the European Tour School takes place at the PGA Catalunya next week, at the end of which the leading 25 players and ties will earn a European Tour card for 2014.

Disgraced Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has said he was wrong to use the story of his fight against cancer to boost his image as he tried to fend off the doping accusations that eventually led to his downfall.

"I'd love to change it but I can't," the American, who survived testicular cancer, said after being reminded that he had once stated: "I've seen death in the face and I don't do drugs."

"It's inexcusable; it's embarrassing to hear that," said Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour titles and banned from cycling for life last year after accusations that he had cheated.

"Those are the moments you'd do anything to take back or say something different, or erase it," added Armstrong, who in January admitted to years of using performance-enhancing drugs to help him in cycling.

Hot-shot striker Nikki Evans faces a stiff test of her credentials as her UCD side meet Railway Union at Park Avenue on Saturday.

The Irish international netted six times for the students as they cruised to weekend wins in cup and league. That is twice the number of goals that Railway 'keeper Grace O'Flanagan has conceded in five league games.

Meanwhile, men's national champions Monkstown are likely to be without new signing Peter Caruth until Christmas as he faces surgery on tendons in a damaged foot.

Monkstown head for Corinthians on Saturday, while Leinster league leaders Three Rock Rovers entertain bottom of the table Rathgar.

Irish Independent

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