Mooney makes light work of Stage One at Legends Tour Q-School

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Damian Mooney and Joe Lyons advanced to the Final Stage of Legends Tour Qualifying School after easing through Stage One in Turkey.

Lough Erne professional Mooney was most impressive and did much of the heavy lifting on day one where he signed for a four-under 68 before adding an even par 72 on the final day.

Mooney traded three bogeys with three birdies on Tuesday and with 43 players progressing to Final Stage which starts on Friday, Mooney can take great confidence having qualified fifth best of the lot.

The former European Tour player and Irish PGA stalwart clearly likes what he sees at Gloria Golf Resort where he’ll return on Friday hoping to capture one of five cards on offer for the 2023 Legends Tour campaign.

And joining him will be Galway amateur Joe Lyons who matched Mooney’s even par effort on Tuesday, safely advancing in a share of 20th spot at plus-three.

Lyons posted four birdies on Tuesday and despite blots on the copybook in the form of two bogeys and a double, he punched his ticket into Friday’s finale with shots to spare.

Now Lyons and Mooney will be joined by former DP World Tour players for the 72-hole finale, which takes place from January 20-23.

The top five players at the conclusion of Final Stage will earn full playing rights for the 2023 Legends Tour season, giving them the opportunity to play alongside greats of the game including Pádraig Harrington, Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Paul Lawrie, Colin Montgomerie and Paul McGinley.

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