Cleary in the lead at Irish Seniors

Tom ClearyCork’s Tom Cleary shots a second consecutive 74 to lead after two rounds at the Irish Seniors Open in Ardee today.  Cleary was in 8th place after the first round, but he was only two shots off the three way tie for the lead.  He followed up with another 74 today to tie with England’s Andrew Carman.  Cleary was happy with his performance, this was his first competitive outing since representing GB&I in the Concession Cup in Florida: “It was very windy out there to be honest, very hard to keep the ball straight but I’m happy enough”.

The competition still has a very crowded leaderboard after 36 holes.  There are three players just one shot behind and Tramore’s John Mitchell is in a group of six players who are two shots behind.  Three more Cork golfers made the cut for the final round, Doneraile’s Michael Quirke is four shots off the lead and Peter Cowley and George Mellerick also made it through.  The final round takes place tomorrow with the leaders due off at 9.30am.

Irish Senior Amateur Open (after 2 rounds)

148 Tom Cleary (Cork) 74 74 , Andrew Carman (England) 74 74
149 Ian Brotherston (Scotland) 76 73 , Hugh Smyth (Mourne) 72 77 (leading 65+ category) , Mark Stones (England) 72 77
150 John Mitchell (Tramore) 75 75 , Stephen East (England) 75 75 , Mike Ready (England) 75 75 , Alan Egan (Royal Curragh) 74 76 , Muir Townsley (Scotland) 73 77 , Andrew Atkinson (England) 73 77
151 Alan Mew (England) 76 75 , Richard Partridge (England) 75 76
152 Michael Quirke (Doneraile) 77 75 , Andrew Williams (Wales) 74 78 , Nigel Evans (Wales) 74 78 , John Ambridge (England) 74 78 , Ian Crowther (England) 72 80
153 Barry O’Leary (Greystones) 78 75 , Ian Fraser (Scotland) 77 76 , Arthur Pierse (Tipperary Golf Club) 77 76 , Colin Jones (Wales) 74 79 , Ian Attoe (England) 73 80 , Gerard O’Sullivan (Tralee) 73 80 , Adrian Morrow (Portmarnock) 72 81
154 Tom Tyrrell (The Heath) 80 74 , Denis Deasy (Waterford) 79 75 , Peter Rogers (Dundalk) 76 78 , Ross Galgut (England) 75 79
155 Keith Morris (England) 76 79 , Ronnie Berry (Rossmore) 76 79 , Edward Rogers (Dundalk) 75 80
156 David Brabazon (Balbriggan) 81 75 , Joseph Mcwilliams (Naas) 80 76 , Con Boyce (Rosapenna) 80 76 , Alan Lilley (Ballyclare) 77 79 , Mervyn Eager (Lucan) 76 80
157 Brian Bingham (Scotland) 81 76 , Robert Fox (England) 80 77 , Bert Burke (Moate) 80 77 , George Mellerick (Fota Island) 79 78 , Morgan Pierse (Grange) 79 78 , Douglas Cameron (England) 78 79 , Billy Donlon (Birr) 78 79 , Neale Pitches (New Zealand) 77 80
164 Peter Cowley (Cork) 86, 78 (leading over 70’s)
166 Hugh MacKeown (Portmarnock) 83 83 (second place in over 70’s)
Non-qualifiers
158 Tim Whittaker (England) 83 75 , Val Smyth (Co. Louth) 82 76 , Richard Elmes (England) 80 78 , Oscar O’Herlihy (England) 79 79 , George Wilson (England) 78 80 , Jimmy Mccarthy (Nuremore Golf Club) 78 80 , David Cromie (Denham Golf Club) 78 80 , Tony Hayes (Co. Louth) 77 81
159 Liam Doran (Ardee) 80 79 , Stuart Robson (England) 80 79 , Richard Brooker (Skerries) 79 80 , Martin Higgins (Claremorris) 78 81 , David Conway (England) 78 81
160 Michael Darcy (Oughterard) 81 79 , Mark Windebank (Portstewart) 78 82 , Michael Coote (Tralee) 77 83
161 Eamon Breen (Ardee) 87 74 , Gary Catt (England) 84 77 , Ashley Brewer (England) 82 79 , Dave Roberts (Rathcore) 82 79 , William Houng Lee (New Zealand) 81 80 , Kevin Sheehy (Athlone) 79 82 , Mick Ahern (Skerries) 78 83 , Stuart Pond (England) 78 83
162 Declan Kenny (Ardee) 85 77 , Dale Baker (Downpatrick) 81 81 , Seamus Ward (Laytown & Bettystown) 80 82 , George Rodaks (Scotland) 78 84
163 Raphael Smyth (Laytown & Bettystown) 79 84 , Steven Bell (Gracehill Golf Club) 79 84 , Mick Gaynor (Co. Meath) 79 84 , Turlough Considine (Clontarf) 77 86
164 Philip Graham (England) 85 79
165 Seamus Doherty (Ballyliffin) 84 81 , Ian Jeen (Scotland) 83 82 , Stuart Black (Scotland) 81 84
166 James Johnston (Scotland) 84 82 , Liam MacNamara (Rosslare) 84 82 , Michael Jones (England) 84 82 , Noel Mannion (Dun Laoghaire) 83 83 , Richard Cotter (Delgany) 82 84 , Tony Patterson (Scotland) 81 85 , Clem Walshe (Dundalk) 80 86
167 Sean Hosty (Galway) 86 81 , Declan Corcoran (Thurles) 81 86 , Robert Head (England) 81 86 , Alistair Campbell (Massereene) 80 87
168 David Mears (Costa Rica) 84 84
169 Noel Patterson (Milltown) 85 84 , Tom Kendellen (Rush) 83 86
170 Rory Timlin (Galway) 82 88
171 Greg Kocher (Canada) 83 88
172 Brian Whitaker (Elm Park) 82 90
173 Alistair Smith (Blainroe) 84 89
174 Jack Maguire (Co. Louth) 87 87 , Pat Rooney (Laytown & Bettystown) 86 88 , Tom Byrne (Greystones) 83 91
178 Rory Fitzgerald (Tramore) 88 90
183 Paul Hautz (Delgany) 94 89
186 John Mullen (Co. Louth) 89 97
NR  Richard McDowell (Royal Belfast) 76 NR , Jack Dempsey (Royal Curragh) NR 79 , Brendan O’Malley (The Royal Dublin) 83 NR
DQ Sean McGarry (Ballymena) 80 DQ
WD Maurice Kelly (Naas) 76 WD , Glyn Rees (Wales) 77 WD , Nigel Duke (Killiney) 78 WD , Liam Halpin (Westport) 83 WD , Adrian Wynne (Strandhill) 84 WD , Michael O Brien (Co. Louth) 87 WD , Niall Crimmins (Co. Louth) 87 WD , Dermot Morris (Limerick Golf Club) 88 WD , G. A. Finn (Cork) 95 WD

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