Hurley grinds out top-10 on encouraging Alps Tour opener

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Gary Hurley returned a final round even-par 72 to grab a share of ninth as the Alps Tour season opener – the Ein Bay Open – came to an end in Egypt.

The West Waterford professional’s three-under par 54-hole tally is proof that after a difficult spell on the fairways, there’s plenty of promise retained ahead of another season on Tour.

It could’ve been even better for the former Maynooth student who opened the tournament with a lively five-under 67.

There were plenty of birdies on the final day too but Hurley’s four shots picked up were given back by a pair of double bogeys at 5 and 13.

Still, it was a productive trip to Egypt, not just for Hurley but also Ronan Mullarney and David Carey who finished just one shot back of their compatriot.

Mullarney was playing alongside Hurley on the final day but was outscored by a single stroke as the Galway man signed for a closing one-over par 73, which included three birdies and four bogeys, to eventually tie 13th.

Castleknock’s Carey joined Mullarney at two-under after trading three birdies and three bogeys over a closing even par effort for another solid finish on Tour.

Peter Dallat rounded off the Irish scoring with his second under par round of the week, a one-under 71 with his plus-one total sneaking him a top-30 finish first time out.

But the week belonged to flying Dutchman Lars Keunen whose final round 68 saw him complete a four-shot demolition of the field at 12-under par.

Full scoring HERE


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