McCarron ahead in matchplay qualifiers
NORTH WEST’S Kyle McCarron added a two-under 69 to his opening 68 to lead the qualifiers for the matchplay stages of the West of Ireland Championship at Rosses Point
The former Irish Youths champion mixed an eagle and four birdies with two bogeys and a double-bogey at the seventh to finish on five-under-par 137, edging out 2016 West of Ireland champion Jonathan Yates from Naas on a countback for the silver medal.
Yates also shot rounds of 68 and 69 but lost out to McCarron, whose birdie at the 18th decided the countback in his favour.
They finished a shot ahead of first-round leader Robin Dawson from Tramore, who could not repeat his first round form and followed his championship record 64 with a 74 to finish third on four-under.