David Carey topped the scoring for Ireland’s travelling trio at the close of the second event on the Mediterranean Tour calendar in Egypt.
The Dubliner returned a one-over par 73 to finish in 13th spot, 10 shots off the leaders on even par but again there was plenty of encouraging signs to take from his performance.
The colourful Carey fired five birdies this afternoon on Katameya Dunes Lakes Course but two double bogey sixes and two more dropped shots scuppered his chances of a higher finish.
With Ireland’s competitors still clearly battling the cobwebs that come with a long winter, Jonathan Yates was next best, just a shot behind Carey in East Cairo.
The Naas man had fancied his chances coming into the event but it was a tale of a cold putter once more with Yates returning a final round one-over par 73 for a plus-one tournament total and a share of 14th place.
His roommate for the coming weeks and fellow clubmate, Conor O’Rourke can take plenty of heart from finding his best score of the week on the final day.
The Kildare professional, who started the day at 10-over par after rounds of 76 and 78 over days one and two, posted an uplifting one-under par 71 to get back into single figures for the event at plus-nine.
The Med Tour returns to Katameya Dunes Golf Club on Friday for event three on the Palms Course, February 8-10 with a €40,000 prize pot on offer.