Moynihan fights pain to keep Tour hope alive
MOUNT JULIET’S Gavin Moynihan battled through the pain barrier and made six birdies in an opening 68 at the Final Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School in Spain, writes Brian Keogh.
The Portrane talent (24) felt he might not be able to tee it up in the six-round battle to make the crucial top 25 and ties after feeling his back “go” on Friday, but he persevered to end the day tied for 56th in the 156man field on three-under par.
Teeing it up at the Lakes Course at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona, he birdied the long second to go out in one-under par before mixing three bogeys with five birdies in an eventful back nine, picking up shots at the parfive 16th and 18th.
“I somehow got through the round,” Moynihan said. “Warming up on the range I felt terrible. I was very sore at the start but loosened up a bit during the day”.
Ardglass’s Cormac Sharvin was two-under and bogey-free with three holes to play at the Lakes, but missed the green at the par-three seventh, his 16th, and made double bogey en route to a level-par 71.
Tramore’s Robin Dawson (22), who also played the Lakes Course, was two-under through nine holes but made four bogeys in a five-hole spell from the 11th before he birdied the par-five 16th to sign for a disappointing, one-over 72 that left him tied 123rd.
The field play two rounds at each venue with the top 70 and ties after 72 holes going on to play two more rounds with the top 25 and ties awarded European Tour status for next season.