Moyni­han fights pain to keep Tour hope alive

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - CRICKET / RACING / RESULTS -

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.

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