McElroy & Brennan just three back ahead of Donnington Grove finale

Dermot McElroy (Photo by Patrick Bolger/Getty Images)

Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy and Shannon’s Daniel Brennan have given themselves every chance of victory ahead of the final round of the EuroPro Tour’s Jessie May World Snooker Golf Championship after moving to within three strokes of the lead at Donnington Grove.

Buoyed after winning the Christy O’Connor Jnr trophy at the Irish Challenge at Portmarnock Links a fortnight ago, a confident McElroy fired seven birdies in a four-under par round of 68 to move into a share of third place at six-under par.

The 27-year old is alongside Brennan who carded a second successive three-under 69 to move to within striking distance of the lead. Brennan signed for five birdies in total as he targets a Friday push up the leaderboard, headed after 36-holes by Rodi Vlasveld who signed for a course record ten-under round of 62 to take the solo lead going into the final day.


It’s a final day that will see two other Irish players looking to make their way up the leaderboard after Tullamore’s Stuart Grehan (-1) and Galway’s Ronan Mullarney (even) advanced past the even par cut-mark. Eoin Leonard (+2), John Ross Galbraith (+3) and Cameron Raymond (+7) all missed out on a Friday paycheque.

At the head of affairs, Dutchman Vlasveld started the day below the cut line at one over but soon got moving going out in fiver under with three birdies to start his second round. He continued that fine effort with a similar back nine going eagle, birdie, birdie through 13, 14, and 15.

Vlasveld will start tomorrow one shot ahead of Monday Qualifier Jeff Wright (Forres Golf Club) who signed for a second-day score of 67 (-5) to put himself right in the mix heading into the final day of play in Newbury.

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