Hermitage’s Rowan Lester continued his bright start to the season by comfortably booking his place in the last-32 of the Spanish Amateur in Seville.
The Dubliner was part of the GUI squad that made a trip to South Africa already this month where he banked a top-10 finish at the South African Amateur Stroke Play.
Riding that good form to the Copa del Rey, Lester followed up a two-under par 70 with an even par round on Thursday to put his name in the draw for the matchplay after sharing 8th spot in the qualifier.
Lester was one of three Irish to advance as Waterford’s Eanna Griffin and Malone’s Matthew McClean also made it through, albeit right on the number at one-over par.
Griffin needed to dig deep to grind out an even par 72 on Thursday while McClean fired four birdies amongst his 73 strokes to get his name into the hat for the knockout stages.
From an Irish point of view, the unlucky party to miss out was 17-year-old Tom McKibbin who set the tournament alight at Real Club de Golf Sevilla on the opening day before falling foul of the game of golf in round two.
McKibbin could only follow his three-under par 69 with a four-over par 76 and despite managing a one-over par 36-hole tally, he missed out on countback.
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