Sunday, 22 November 2009
Irish Scores – Second Stage Round 3
FORE Ireland's Michael Collins shot a round of 68 on day three to push him into joint 26th place on level par with an aggregate 216 in Arcos Gardens. The Mallow man was ten shots behind leader Michiel Bothma from South Africa who was leading with a total of 206.
With only 19 qualifying places on offer at Arcos Gardens Mallow’s Mick Collins result places him within sight of the next round of qualifying going into Monday’s final round of Stage 2.
The other Irish players included Cian McNamara who came in with a 78 and a total of 223 with Gareth Shaw on 75 and a total of 221.
At Costa Ballena the event leader Alvaro Velasco from Spain recorded an aggregate 202 with Niall Kearney recording a 67 placing him 7 shots adrift on 210 in joint 21st place. The effort of John Kelly was also notable as he came in with a 68 and aggregate of 211.
At Sherry Club de Golf Simon Thornton signed for a 71 leaving him 7 shots behind the leader Philip Archer of England on 205.
The other Irish scores after day three were a 74 for Colm Moriarty on an aggregate 213; Michael McGeady on 72 and Waterville’s David Higgins in with a 73 and total of 221 with Eddie Barr two shots adrift on 75.
The Irish contingent at Hacienda del Alamo were left in chase of American Ryan Blaum who with 16 under and total of 200 was in commanding lead. Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Caldwell was 212 after a 71 on day three with Mervyn Owens 71 leaving him on 217 and a challenging last day.
A total of 304 players are competing over four venues in Spain for 74 spots in the Final Qualifying Stage later this month.