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Bridgestone series goes west to Connacht Stroke Play

​​Connacht Stroke Play at Portumna (8-9 June) up next in Bridgetone Order of Merit

  • 07 June 2019

​Picture: Eddie McCormack, Connacht Stroke Play Champion in 2018, with his daughter Aoife | Golffile

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The Bridgestone Order of Merit moves west this weekend for the Connacht Stroke Play at Portumna.

After his impressive recent run of form, Marc Boucher (Carton House) has most to gain this weekend. A Boys international in 2015, Boucher is now eighth on the table but can break into the top three with a win in Portumna. Runner up at the Ulster Stroke Play, Boucher banked another chunk of Bridgestone points by finishing 18th at the East of Ireland.

The top three players on the Bridgestone Order of Merit at the end of the season are guaranteed selection for the Home Internationals at Lahinch from 11 to 13 September. The Connacht Stroke Play is the sixth of 10 events in the Bridgestone series.

Galway's Joe Lyons is another strong contender in Portumna having already captured the Munster crown. Currently 12th in the table, Lyons could move into the top three were he to pick up his second title of the season.

Ireland international Conor Purcell (Portmarnock) continues to lead the Bridgestone race from Ronan Mullarney (Galway) with Warrenpoint's Colm Campbell completing the top three.
 
BRIDGESTONE ORDER OF MERIT - TOP 10
1 C Purcell (Portmarnock) 430
2 R Mullarney (Galway) 345
3 C Campbell (Warrenpoint) 321
4 R Brazill (Naas) 310
5 C Rafferty (Dundalk) 250
6 K Egan (Carton House) 232
7 T McLarnon (Massereene) 227
8 M Boucher (Carton House) 224
9 G Cullen (The Links, Portmarnock) 201
10 P O'Hanlon (Carton House) 190