Doughty Mullarney still in touch in Canary Islands

Ralph Casey

Ronan Mullarney (Photo by Oliver Hardt/Getty Images)

Ronan Mullarney is still in touch three back after a disappointing one over round sees him slip from top spot but the Galwegian has proven bottle and the stumble in round three is unlikely to blunt his ambition of winning going into Saturday’s final round.

The lead at the Fred Olsen Alps De La Gomera is now jointly held by Canary Island native Alvaro Hernandez Cabezuela and France’s Oihan Guillamoundeguy on 11 under par after two of the three rounds.

Ronan Mullarney is still in a great spot to get one of five automatic Challenge Tour cards at the end of the season as he sat in second place on the Order of Merit going into this week.


He is the only Irishman playing in the Canaries’ Alps Tour event this weekend.

The De La Gomera is being played at the breathtaking Tecina Golf on the Island De La Gomera in the Canary Islands. 

There was a 30 minute delay to play on Friday as there were some very strong overnight winds that toppled various palm trees throughout the golf course.

The greens staff needed extra time to get the course back into playing conditions for the players.

Hometown hero Alvaro Hernandez Cabezuela from Tenerife was tied for 14th place at the conclusion of yesterday’s 1st round, but after Friday’s round, he was tied for the lead. 

He followed his opening-round of 4 under-par 67, with a 7 under-par 64 in the second round for a two-day total of 11 under-par.

The 26 year old who turned pro in 2021 made one eagle, one bogey and six birdies in his round and he is playing his 3rd season on the Alps Tour. 

After his round, he said: “I played much better today, especially from the 1st hole to the 7th. “Then I had a couple more chances for birdie but unfortunately didn’t make them. I’m very happy with the score because it was a bit tougher today also condition wise. The wind was obviously a big factor today, it was very gusty so it made it even tougher.

“I caught a huge momentum going through the front nine. Just dropped a few putts and hit some really good shots making 4 birdies and 1 eagle in a row. I will for sure be looking for many more tomorrow. I will be focusing on playing my own game, I’ll need to bring my best to hopefully win my 1st title tomorrow and it would be even more special being at home.”

Oihan Guillamoundeguy from France who shot a 6 under-par, 65 during the 1st round and was tied for 5th place, finds himself in the two-way tie for the lead. 

He followed his opening-round with a 5 under-par, 66 in the second round for a two-day total of 11 under-par. During today’s round, he made 1 bogey, 1 eagle and 4 birdies. Guillamoundeguy is just 18 years old, represents Golf Club Seignosse and he is a past winner on the Alps Tour having won the 2022 Red Sea Little Venice Openas an amateur. He turned professional in December 2022 and he is now competing in his first season as a professional player. 


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