John Hickey gave his pro career a huge boost this week, finishing top in the stage one qualifier at the Portal Championship golf resort near Chester. Rounds of 66 and 74 saw the Cork Golf Club member finish on -6 on the par 73 layout. Yesterday was a great day for John, he had seven birdies and no bogies to take a lead and give himself a great chance of qualifying for the next stage. Frost delayed the start this morning and challenging weather conditions. Hickey was two voer for the day through six holes, but he was back on level par at the turn. Another few bogies and birdies followed and John signed for a 73 (+1) to finish joint first with Gian-Marco Petrozzi. Conor O’Rourke (Naas) was third, just two behind Hickey after shooting a very impressive 69 today.
Despite the frost and challenging weather Hickey was focused on the task at hand. “I was about halfway through my warm up when I got my text basically when I got there it was just about trying to deal with the conditions the best I could. And try and play the steady golf as possible try not to try and do anything crazy, play lots Continue reading
A cold putter cost Niall Turner today in the final round of the Great National Hotels Irish Masters at Ballykisteen. The overnight leader bounced back from a double on the first, and despite giving himself plenty of chances on the greens he couldn’t covert the birdies chances. Turner finished in a tie for fourth place as all of the leaders struggled to match the scoring of the first two rounds. Despite the missed chances the Muskerry golfer was withing a shot or two of the lead for much of the round, and when a bogey on the 12th brought him back to -9 it looked as if the win was out of reach. The Asian Tour member rallied with birdies on the 16th and 18th and that brought him back to -11 and he took home just over €2,000 for his week in Tipperary.
Gallery: Great National Hotels Irish Masters Final Round
Waterville’s David Higgins had a great start and was -4 for his opening eight holes which saw him jump Continue reading
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Niall Turner carded a five under par round to lies in 3rd place on the opening day of the Great National Hotels Irish Masters at Ballykisteen Golf & Country Club. The Europro Tour event saw over 150 professionals tee it up today for Munster’s first Europro event in several years. Turner started on the back nine and reeled off four birdies in a row from the 15th to 18th to turn on -2. He added another four birdies in six holes on the front nine and one dropped shot on the par three 6th hole saw him sign for a 67. Turner is two shots off the lead which is held by England’s James Ruth.
Cian McNamara was one of the early starters this morning and he set the tone, birdieing the 1st & 3rd holes. He added another on the par five 18th and finished on -3 in a big group of 19 players. Waterville’s David Higgins is one Continue reading