McElroy leads six Irish into final round at Cumberwell Park

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Dermot McElroy carded a one-under 70 to move inside the top-20 as six Irish made the cut ahead of the final round of the EuroPro Tour’s Cumberwell Park Championship.

The Ballymena professional posted two birdies and one bogey to move to six-under par for the tournament, good enough for a tie for 18th and seven shots back of Scot Calum Fyfe’s lead.

One shot behind McElroy is Tullamore’s Stuart Grehan who traded four birdies with three bogeys in a one-under 70 of his own to move to five-under par. Galway’s Ronan Mullarney carded four birdies in a second straight 69 sit at four-under, the same score as Shannon’s Daniel Brennan who carded four birdies and an eagle in a second round 68.

St. Anne’s Cameron Raymond and Wentworth’s Eoin Leonard complete the Irish who progressed to the final round at three-under, with K Club’s Conor O’Rourke unlucky to miss out at minus-two.

Calum Fyfe will go into the final day with a two-shot lead over his nearest competitor at Cumberwell Park after signing for a second day 64 (-7) to sit rosy at -13 ahead of Harrogate Golf Club’s John Parry.

Fyfe of Trinifold Sports seized the opportunity for a bogey-free second day to hold the lead at a EuroPro Tour event for only the second time since joining the paid ranks. The Scotsman put together a 65 (-6) opener to be right in the mix before working his way towards the top as the second round rolled on coming in on the last nine for five under.

Parry is ‘Mr. Consistent’ on Tour and has never missed a cut since first pegging it up. The former European Tour winner will be in the final group after a 67 (-4) to go with his 64 from the opening round. He also has two top tens already to his name this season so will look to take inspiration from seeing his former Walker Cup teammate and EuroPro alumni Jonathan Caldwell winning on the European Tour last week.

Cumberwell Park’s own Joe Retford is only three shots off the lead at ten under tied for third with Jamie Rutherford (Knebworth Golf Club). Retford battling back from a double-bogey with four birdies on the bounce thereafter whilst Rutherford was bogey-free to be right in contention.

Five will be hoping to make some early ground up with Steve Surry (Cumberwell Park Golf Club), Joe Brooks (Hanbury Manor), Jack Yule (King’s Lynn Golf Club), Sean Towndrow (Trinifold Sports), and Chris Maclean (Balmore Golf Club) all at nine under.

Brooks has changed his mindset this season and he’s feeling better for it: “It’s just a change of mindset more than anything. Speaking to a couple of pals who are where I want to be kind of thing. Just a change of mindset really. Treating it more like a job like you need to and just nice to see the rewards.”

The top ten is rounded off by Tom Sloman (Trinifold Sports) who at one point had taken the clubhouse lead whilst he’s also in good company with Robbie Busher, Chris Lloyd, and the Scottish pair of Jack McDonald and Doherty.

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Highlights will first air for The Cumberwell Park Championship on Sky Sports Golf at 6 pm on Tuesday 29, June. A full listing of showings can be found here.

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