Monday, July 2, 2018

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Qualifier concluded

The battle is over... but the war has just begun! All 122 Irish Open hopefuls arrived at Rosapenna (Sandy Hills), looking for one of four berths to play in the main event this week... not to mention a winner's cheque for €6,000. They had perfect links conditions but the cream still rose to the top as Simon Thornton, Neil O'Briain, Colm Moriarty and Cian McNamara claimed their Dubai Duty Free Irish Open places.

PGA in Ireland regional manager, Michael McCumiskeyJohn Casey, Director,
Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort, Cian McNamara
Colm Moriarty,
Neil O'BriainSimon ThorntonRosapenna 2018 captain, Liam Breen.

Simon Thornton (Tulfarris Golf Resort) edged out Neil O'Briain (Old Conna GC) on the
first play-off hole to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open qualifier at Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort.

In doing so the 41-year-old claimed the €6000 first prize and earned a place in this week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin where he will be joined by O'Briain, third-placed Colm Moriarty (Glasson Hotel) and Cian McNamara (Monkstown GC).
The par three 16th on Sandy Hills.
Thornton and O'Briain finished the 36-hole event locked together on five under par, while Moriarty ended the tournament on four under.

The scorching weather that had marked out the practice day and the opening round on Saturday was replaced on Sunday by cloudy skies and a stronger breeze that tested the players.

“It was a battle but I'm used to that from practicing at Newcastle,” said Thornton.

“Overall, I played two good rounds. I played lovely, only one sloppy shot which cost me a bogey on the last but I committed to everything. I'm delighted obviously.”

The fourth place at Ballyliffin went to Cian McNamara who hung on to beat Europro Tour regular, Kevin Phelan on the second play-off hole after both finished the event on two under par.

“I haven't been in that situation for a long time so today I just said that I need to stick to my game plan and not look at what is going on around me,” said McNamara.

“I stuck to my plan and I holed a crucial putt on the 17th in normal play. In the play-off I hit the same clubs off the tees. I was unfortunate to three-putt the opening play-off hole and then I got lucky on the second play-off hole when Kevin just tugged his second shot into a bad lie.

“It is a huge boost, it's not something I thought I would ever get playing in again because I really haven't had a lot of time to put into my game but now I have qualified for another Irish Open with the wife caddying, it's been a great couple of days.”

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Qualifier
hosted by The Rory Foundation
at Rosapenna Golf Hotel (Par 71)
Leading scores
139 Simon Thornton 68 71 (Won 1st place €6,000 at first extra hole), Neil O’Briain 67 72
140 Colm Moriarty 67 73
142 Cian McNamara 69 73 (Won 4th spot at 2nd extra hole), Kevin Phelan 72 70
143 Stuart Grehan 70 73, David Higgins 69 74
144 Mark Staunton 70 74, Robert Giles 70 74
145 Mark O’Sullivan 74 71, Brian Casey 74 71, Jake Whelan (AM), Rory McNamara 70 75
146 Brian McElhinney 71 75
147 Michael McGeady 77 70, Jack Howard 73 74 , Conor O'Rourke 72 75
148 Reece Black (AM) 78 70, Glen Robinson 77 71, Joe Dillon 75 73
149 Andy Hogan 76 73
150 Steven Quinlan 78 72, Richard Weldon 76 74, David Barry 75 75
151 Conor Coyne 76 75, Paul O’Neill 76 75, David Carey 76 75, Padraig Dooley 75 76, Alec Myles 74 77, Niall Kearney 74 77, James Sugrue (AM) 71 80
152 Andrew Peoples 77 75, Michael O’Shea  76 76, James Quinlivan  76 76, Richard Kilpatrick  75 77, Seamus Duffy  74 78,  John- Ross Galbraith  73 79, Dara Lernihan  73 79
153 Tim Rice Ross 81 72, Peter Martin  80 73, Jimmy Bolger  78 75, Adam Dunmore  75 78, Alan Dunbar  75 78
154 Damian Mooney   82 72, Gary Madden  81 73 , Shane Jenkinson I 78 76, Stephen McCarthy   77 77, Ciaran Molloy  77 77, Keith Shannon  76 78, Patrick Small  75 79 

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