Cian McNamara got his Q School adventure off to a great start today with a three under par 68 to finish inside the top twenty. It was a very impressive round that saw the Monkstown based pro hole seven birdie putts. McNamara was one of the last to play today in Golf d’HArdelot in France, and starting from the 10th he birdied his first and second hole. A bogey followed on the 12th but two more birdies on 15 and 16 saw him move to -3. McNamara was level for his final ten holes, but he did slot another three birdies on his way to signing for a 68. The Limerick is tied for 12th place in a large group.
It’s McNamara’s first time back a Q School in three years and he’s been in good form coming up to the event. He was part of the winning Ireland team at the recent TGI Cup in Lough Erne and he finished in second place in the Connemara Pro-Am last weekend (and won the team competition). Now as head pro in Monkstown, Cian has entered a new phase and his former full-time playing schedule has been curtailed. That said he was very both confident and comfortable when looking forward to his trip to France. “My reasons for entering Q School are actually very simple. I still think I can play” explained McNamara, a former elite amateur and South of Ireland winner. “I’ve understood as the years have gone on that time is moving quickly and I’ve responsibilities that I need to attain too but it is just something in the back of my head that keeps me awake a little longer a night. I’m so grateful for the opportunity at Monkstown GC and can categorically say I’m really enjoying my role but when somebody has always wanted to achieve something and doesn’t quite get there I think we are all the same in saying “it bugs you”. My fiancé Siobhàn basically convinced me and I’m delighted she has done that. This may or may not happen this year but at least I’ve put myself forward and now it is just simply up to me.”
He has an earlier start tomorrow, he’s out at 9.42 from the first tee. Cian’s former Limerick teammate Tim Rice has some work to do, he shot a 74 (+3) in his opening round and will have work to do tomorrow to move up from is current position in 71st place.