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Pic: Hugh Foley (Royal Dublin). Credit: Golffile
Hugh Foley fired in an impressive two under par 70 to
stay on top of the leaderboard at the South of Ireland in Lahinch. The Royal Dublin golfer claimed the top
qualifier position at the end of day two SP qualifying.
Foley held a two stroke lead over the field, and crucially he was the only
one in the top five to break par on day two.
While all of the top dozen all qualified comfortably, Foley was the only
golfer in the red. Conditions in Lahinch
were different today. The early starters
had to contend with very windy conditions and while the wind dropped later on
in the day, persistent showers and gusts kept the later starters on their toes. Joe Lyons shot the low score of the day with
a four under 68, which included an eagle on the Klondyke.
The cut for the 59 available places fell at +5 with four
players on 149 getting through to the matchplay stages. Holder Caolan Rafferty, Amateur Champion
James Sugrue, Conor Purcell, Mark Power and John Murphy were all exempted from
the qualifier as it clashed with Walker Cup squad practice in Royal Liverpool, meaning
there were just 59 places available instead of the usual 64.
Play gets underway at 7am, and live scoring will be available
at regular intervals.