Irish hopefuls looking to climb the Alps at First Stage of Q-School

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Ronan Mullarney (Photo by Neil Baynes/Getty Images)

The 18th edition of the Alps Tour Qualifying School will take place in Italy this week as the First Stage gets underway between November 2nd and November 4th. 

A host of Irish hopefuls will look to progress from Acaya Golf Club, Golf Club Le Fonti and Miglianico Golf & Country Club.

The Final Stage of the 2023 Q-School will be played at Golf Nazionale and Olgiata Golf Club in Northern Rome from November 9th to 11th.   

Delgany’s Simon Bryan, Tramore’s Robin Dawson, The Island’s Paul McBride and Kerry’s Michael Young are all pencilled in for the Final Stage next week. 

Ronan Mullarney of Galway is taking the first steps of his post EuroPro Tour career as he tries to earn a full Alps Tour card for next season and at least guarantee him the stability he had on the EuroPro. 

It’s been an interesting season for the former Maynooth University student who qualified for the 150th Open Championship in July. 

Cork’s John Hickey will be hoping for better than he fared at DP World Tour Q-School as he bids for Alps Tour reprieve. 

Hickey struggled on the EuroPro Tour last season, missing his last eight cuts.  

Sutton’s Gary McGrane was a regular competitor on the PGA of Ireland region while Joseph Hanney who was in contention at the 2022 Flogas Irish Amateur Open championship will bid to get his professional career off to a good start. 

Maynooth University amateur Jordan Boles is hitting the course rather than the books on this mid-term break as he looks to guarantee some Alps Tour events on his 2023 timetable. 

No stranger to qualifying events, Boles topped the qualifying tournament for the West of Ireland Championship earlier this year. 

All five players will tee it up at Acaya Golf Club. 

There are three Irish pencilled in for Miglianico Golf Club with Tom Dowdall, Daniel Mulligan and Paul Murphy looking to secure their futures for next season. 

Woodbrook’s Dowdall competed on the Golf Ireland amateur schedule last term while Dundalk’s Daniel Mulligan will be looking for somewhere to play after the EuroPro Tour closed its doors. 

Wexford’s Murphy has made the trip from the US to compete this week. 

The Kinsale native had a standout career for the University of Montevallo Falcons in Alabama, recording six top-fives, three top-10s, and four top-20s as he twice earned selection for the NCAA D2 Super Regionals. 

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