Rice & Caldwell bag top-10 finishes at Jessie May Championship

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With only five players breaking par on a tough final day, unfortunately Tim Rice and Jonathan Caldwell weren’t among them as the EuroPro Tour’s World Snooker Jessie May Championship ended at Donnington Grove GC.

Limerick professional Rice and Clandeboye’s Caldwell went into the final day just three shots back but mirrored each other’s scoring with closing one-over par rounds of 73 to tie for 10th at two-under par and pick up £900 apiece.

Meanwhile, Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy finished in a share of 21st at even par after picking up two places on the leaderboard with a plus-two 74 to end his tournament bid.

The Royal Dublin’s Niall Kearney signed off with a four-over par 76 to tie for 41st on four-over par.

On Thursday, the even par 36-hole cut mark meant a shortened week for Whitehead’s John Ross Galbraith (+2), Naas’ Conor O’Rourke (+3), West Cliff’s Brendan McCarroll & St. Anne’s Cameron Raymond (+4), Headfort men Brian Casey (+5) and Joe Dillon (+7), Owen Crooks (+8), Luke Donnelly (+10) and Michael Dallat (+10).

At the summit, Mikael Lundberg ground out the win in difficult conditions on the final day at Donnington Grove.

Trailing Ben Hall by one shot, Lundberg went two-under in his final round to win by one shot over Alfie Plant of Sundridge Park Golf Club and England’s James Adams from Druids Heath Golf Club.

The Lumine Golf Club golfer hit rounds of 68, 71, and 70 to win his first title on the PGA EuroPro Tour since winning the Lumine Lakes Open on the Nordic Golf League in 2017.

Lundberg on victory: “Overall it was really nice. Today it was unbelievably tough at times. I am really happy that I could pull it off. Some of the guys out there they’re really good players. I’m glad they could let the old man win.”

“The first day I put really well. On the second day not so good. I missed the 5/6 footer on the third hole so I was a little bit worried. But then I started putting really quite nicely so I’m just really happy today.”

“Hopefully I can get some kind of ranking back and then the end of the year play tour school and hopefully get my European Tour card back.”

An earlier start on two tees was the decision to deal with the forecast rainfall and it proved to be the correct call. Conditions proved to be difficult with heavy downpours throughout but the courses coped well with the greens only marginally slowing down across the board.

It was a solid last round for both Adams and Plant who shot two and one under respectively to tie for second.

Overnight leader, Ben Hall (TSR Recruitment) was four over at one point but birdied the following three holes to go one over where he remained to finish fourth.

Highlights of The World Snooker Jessie May Championship will air on Sky Sports on 18, June 2019 at 20:00.

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