Keeling seven adrift in Murcia after day of tough scoring

Ronan MacNamara

Hacienda del Alamo

Patrick Keeling saw his hopes of winning the Murcia Amateur fade after a three-over 75 saw him drop out of the lead and fall seven shots back heading into the final round.

The Roganstown starlet is in third place on two-under while Norway’s Sondre Kravik holds a six shot lead over home favourite Kosta Horno Mateo on nine-under.

Keeling held the overnight lead after two eagles gave him a sublime 67 and he started round two well with two birdies in his first four holes.


A bogey on seven was followed by a double on the eighth before things began to unravel for the teenager.

Keeling who has a Toro Tour win this winter dropped four shots in his next six holes to drop back to level-par for the championship but he showed his powers of recovery with a brace of closing birdies to remain just about in touch.

Powerscourt’s David Shiel is in fourth place on one-under after a one-over 75 while Padraig O’Dochartaigh holds ninth place on two-over after a 74.

Successive rounds of 78 have Paraic Connolly in 25th on plus twelve.

Only four players broke par on day two with just half that shooting under-par including Kravik who soared to the top with a 67.

Scoring HERE

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