Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty took route 66 to the clubhouse as he grabbed a top-10 finish at the Brabazon Trophy at Alwoodley Golf Club on Sunday.
The 26-year old stormed to the turn with four birdies in a terrific 32 hits and soared further up the board when he eagled the par-5 10th.
The Irish international picked up two more shots at 12 and 13 to be an incredible minus-eight on the card but unfortunately, he was unable to maintain the ferocious pace. Rafferty dropped shots at 14, 15 and the last as his five-under par 66 saw him move 34 places on the leaderboard to a share of 10th on one-under par after another great week for the West of Ireland champion.
Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell also enjoyed a rousing finish as he signed off with a three-under par 68 to bolt 24 places up the board to a share of 13th on even par. Mallow’s James Sugrue also enjoyed a positive move on the final day as his one-under par 70 saw him finish a shot further back in a tie for 18th at plus-one.
At the top, England’s Ben Schmidt streaked clear of the chasing party to win by five on 13-under.
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Meanwhile, Beth Coulter and Chloe Ryan both claimed top-10 finishes in the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews over the weekend.
Kirkistown Castle golfer Coulter recovered from a day one 75 to return rounds of 68 and 71 that saw the teenager claim outright 7th spot on 11-under par.
That was one shot better than Castletroy’s Ryan who compiled rounds of 73, 71 and 72 for a superb 10-under par tally.
Scot, Hazel MacGarvie added her name to a trophy covered in stars like Annika Sorenstam when she breezed to victory by four strokes over England’s Lianna Bailey.
The 19-year-old, who was runner-up in the event last year, carded rounds of 68, 70 and 70 for a runaway 18-under par total.
Lisburn’s Paula Grant 75, 73 & 71 (-7), Ballinrobe’s Shannon Burke 72, 75 & 73 (-6), Clandeboye’s Jessica Ross 72, 75 & 76 (-3), Georgia Carr (77, 76 & 72 (-1) and Lahinch’s Sinead Sexton 75, 77 & 71 (even) completed the Irish line-up.
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