Gutsy Grehan rewarded as he advances to Second Stage of DP World Tour Qualifying

Ronan MacNamara

Stuart Grehan (Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Stuart Grehan was pleased to reap the rewards after he dug deep to progress to the Second Stage of DP World Tour Qualifying School in Mottram Hall.

The Cheshire course was battered by heavy rain all week meaning Section F of Stage One was extended to Saturday with Grehan having to return to play his final seven holes of round three before he commenced his final round.

The Tullamore man was struggling at that point at three over for his eleven holes but battled back with three birdies in seven holes to stay in the top-18 with a 71.

The 29-year-old continued his momentum with a superb 68 to finish in a share of 5th on nine-under.

“I’m very pleased with how I played, I had a huge job ahead of me today, I had a really tough eleven holes with the delays so to come back and shoot seven-under from there was great.

“I played nice golf, not unbelievable but was really nice and I got the rewards for it.”

Grehan will take a week to kick back and relax in Portugal with some friends before turning his attention to the EuroPro Tour Tour Championship in Lough Erne this month as he bids to join Gary Hurley and Dermot McElroy in earning Challenge Tour promotion.

“I’m delighted with this week I need to keep doing what I’m doing. I have a lot of opportunities coming up with EuroPro and now Stage Two of Q-School so we’ll keep moving.”

Grehan was the only Irishman to advance while Tim Rice finished 21st.

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