Joseph Hanney signed off with a two-under-par round of 70 after making his first Alps Tour cut and finished best of the Irish in the process.
Needing to birdie two of his final holes in round two to make it through to the weekend, The Island man did exactly that, but two bogeys in his first three holes saw him begin the final round in far from ideal fashion. A birdie-three at the fifth stemmed the bleeding, but he’d follow up with another bogey at the next and reach the turn at two-over for the round.
After three pars to start the back nine, he’d birdie four of the closing six holes to post -5 for the tournament, ending the week tied for 30th overall.
Ronan Mullarney, the only other Irishman to make the cut, began the day at -5, but was unable to continue his streak of low scoring as a costly stretch at the end of his round would see the Galway man shoot +5 for the day to finish T47 at level-par.
Spain’s Jose Manuel Pardo Benitez emerged victorious after the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with France’s Benjamin Kedochim after the pair posted matching -18 totals, with Spain’s Quim Vidal two-strokes adrift in third.
Vidal moves up to third in the order of merit, and with Holland’s Kiet Van der Weele guaranteed one of the five cards, Vidal is now Mullarney’s closest challenger as the Galway man remains second in the rankings with five regular season events remaining.