Second straight 64 boosts McElroy’s Challenge Tour hopes

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Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy signed for a second straight eight-under par round of 64 to race to a tied-seventh finish as the EuroPro Tour’s regular season came to an end at Castletown Golf Links.

The 28-year old carded eight birdies in a bogey-free final round effort, racing up the leaderboard to 14-under par and in the process, giving his Challenge Tour hopes a boost ahead of October’s Tour Championship at Slaley Hall.

With the top-5 on this year’s Order of Merit earning Challenge Tour promotion for next season, McElroy finds himself in fifth place having started the week in fourth, ahead of October’s finale with it all to play for as he looks to graduate from the EuroPro Tour.

As for the other Irish in the field this week, Limerick’s Tim Rice (70), Galway’s Ronan Mullarney (69) and K Club pro Conor O’Rourke (69) tied 31st at eight-under par. Cork’s John Hickey returned a closing 74 for a three-under total.

Scot Calum Fyfe won the event with a stunning final round 60 for a whopping 24-under par three-round total, storming to third place on the money-list courtesy of his five shot win.

Fyfe (Trinifold Sports) has been there or thereabouts for some time on the Tour without ever seeing through his week to victory but that duck was finally broken as he signed for a final round of 64 (-8). Leading by two going into the final day, Castletown G0lf Links showed its teeth as the weather started to turn but Fyfe showed complete composure for his third 64 of the week in a display worthy of breaking a tour record.

The Scotsman went around bogey-free as the wind picked up and made early birdies at one and three to pick up from where he left off yesterday before birdies at five, six, and seven put him five under through seven. Nothing seemed to get in Fyfe’s way even when in deep rough on at the 10th where he made birdie to extend his advantage. An eagle at the 12th was the icing on the cake as Fyfe ran away with it for his first win.

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