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Lester on top after opening day of North of Ireland Championship

July 11, 2017

Rowan Lester (Hermitage) Picture by Pat Cashman

Irish international Rowan Lester (Hermitage) leads the way after the opening round of qualifying at the Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Royal Portrush.
A quarter-finalist in 2015, Lester, playing The Valley Links, carded a bogey-free seven under par 64 on the revamped course.
He leads Jordan Hood (Galgorm Castle), Robert Brazill (Naas) and Ronan Mullarney (Galway) by a shot heading into Tuesday’s second round at the Dunluce Links.
“I struggled a bit at the start but adjusted on the eighth tee and from that point on I was really good,” said 22-year-old Hood who will play The Dunluce today (Tuesday).
“I was seeing the lines better on the greens and rolled in a few putts.

“The two new holes [on the Dunluce] are really good. The par five (seventh) isn’t as daunting as I first thought when I saw it and the eighth is a really good par four. It forces you to be aggressive off the tee.”

Kirkistown GC vice-captain, Neill Simpson, turned in the leading opening day score on the new Dunluce layout, a three-under par round of 69.
Simpson quit golf for almost 20 years but has returned to competitive action after rebuilding his swing under with PGA professional, Charle Bell at Blackwood GC.
His tactic of leaving the driver in the bag paid dividends as he was one of only two players – the other being Galway’s Colm Hughes (-1) – to finish the day under par on the new Open Championship layout.
Defending champion, Sean Flanagan (Co Sligo), is well placed to make the cut after an opening round of two-under par 70 on The Valley.
The leading 64 players after Tuesday’s second round of qualifying will progress to the match-play stages.

Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Amateur Championship leaderboard

The Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Amateur Championship
At Royal Portrush
Leading scores after 18 holes.
1 Rowan Lester (Hermitage) 64 -7
2 Jordan Hood (Galgorm Castle) 65 -6
3 Robert Brazill (Naas) 65
4 Ronan Mullarney (Galway) 65
5 Gregory Royston (Cotswold Downs) 66 -5
6 Hugh O’Hare (Fortwilliam) 66
7 Cathal Butler (Kinsale) 66
8 Paul Murphy (Rosslare) 66
9 Gavin Fitzmaurice (Balcarrick) 66
10 Colin Fairweather (Knock) 66

Preparation key to giving yourself a chance at Q-School insists McGeady

November 11, 2016
Michael McGeady

Michael McGeady

The final stage of European Tour Q-school will find you out.
Facing six rounds of pressure-packed golf is not the environment to go searching for a swing.
“You’re under pressure the whole time, it’s pretty stressful,” claimed Michael McGeady recently on the NI Golf Podcast.
Four home golfers – Michael Hoey, Kevin Phelan, Gary Hurley and Ruaidhri McGee – are in Girona, Spain completing their final preparations for the event which gets underway on Saturday [Nov 12] at PGA Catalunya Resort.
“When you get to final stage your game has to be in good shape,” added Michael who turned professional in 2005 and has made 10 trips to Q-School.
“You are playing against guys who have just come off the European Tour and have maybe lost their card by a couple of 100 euro. They have been playing good golf to be in that position.

“So you’ve got to go to tour school prepared. You have to know your yardages and how far you are hitting the ball and your short game has got to be really tight, you have got to hole out well.”

The 38-year-old is living in the North-West and is coaching at the Seamus Duffy Golf Academy ( while he completes his PGA qualifications.
He retains ambitious to play competitively but added that he really couldn’t justify the expense.
“If you are not doing that [preparing properly]then you are just wasting the entry and it’s not cheap – £1400,” added Michael.
“That’s a lot of money before you look at flights and accommodation. It’s a big expense and it’s not easy to come up with and I always wanted to make sure I was giving myself the best shot getting my card when I made that commitment.”

Episode 14 of the NI Golf Podcast also features  Aimpoint instructor Andrew Norby and Irish panelist Jordan Hood.