Turner and McNamara Taste Success

Niall Turner continued his good run of form when he sailed through the European Tour first qualifying stage in France last week.  Turner was in action in Hardelot in north eastern France, a venue where he has played well in the past.  He carded a 273 total (-11) for his four rounds to finish in third place just 3 shots off the lead.  Turner recorded his first win in Asia back in July and he has been in fine form since.  He had been struggling with a hip injury since 2011 and took time out earlier this year to have surgery on the problem.  The 30 year old has been on tour for six years, after spending two years on the minor tours in the US he has spent much of the past four years in Asia.  Turner is currently 5th on the Asian Development Tour order of merit and is in line to earn a full tour card if he continues his current form.  Of course he’ll also be looking at his options in Europe if he gets through stage 2 of the European Q School.  Turner now makes the long trip back to Asia for two tournaments before returning to Spain for Q School in November.  With over 700 participants battling in the ten separate first stage competitions, the pressure is high as only 170 get through to the second stage.  After that it’s on the final qualifying where there are only 25 full European Tour cards on offer.

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Monkstown’s Cian McNamara recorded his first major win of the year at the 36 hole Connemara Pro-Am last week.  McNamara has had several top ten and top five finishes in the PGA Irish Region tour this year but the win eluded him until last week.  He was very unlucky to miss the cut in the Irish Open at Fota Island in June, missing out by one shot for the second year in a row.  McNamara has timed his form perfectly as the PGA Championship takes place this week in Adare Manor.  McNanara is looking to go one better than last year when he was runner up to winner Michael McGeady.  Cian is currently in the top six in the pro-am order of merit and he’s hoping to do well this week.  A good finish could see him gain entry into this Irish Open and other events in 2015.  Other Cork golfers in action include Padraig Dooley, Michael Collins, Peter Hickey, Wayne O’Callaghan, Jamie O’Callaghan, Christian Porter, David Ryan, David Whyte and John McHenry.  Play in Adare Manor will conclude on Sunday when the Irish PGA Champion will be crowned.


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