Kilkenny’s Jimmy Bolger happily returned a five over par 77 to safely qualify for next week’s final stage of the Staysure Tour Q School in Portugal.
The freshly named European Senior Tour will have five memberships up for grabs at next week’s Final Stage at Pestana Golf Resort on the Algarve.
And with the top 19 and ties progressing to the Final Stage today, Bolger found himself comfortably inside the magic number in a tie for 10th.
He had to negotiate an early round wobble to get there. Starting on the back nine he slumped to six bogeys in an outward 42 that would’ve knocked the confidence of many.
However the Kilkenny man was made of sterner stuff, battling back with birdies on 2 and 7 to be home in 35 and well on his way to Final Stage.
There was no joy for Ballybunion amateur Peter Sheehan who carded a disappointing 81, while Belfast’s Damian Mooney also struggled in his signed for 78.
Elsewhere, Christy O’Connor, son of the late Christy O’Connor Snr, added an 80 to his 81 at Pestana Golf Resort to be well out of the places. Headfort’s Brendan McGovern will be the example to follow for Bolger next week after he won Qualifying School 12 months ago and retained his card for 2018 by finishing 20th on the Order of Merit. Best of luck Jimmy!