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Lowry shows good form as Grehan just misses out on qualification for Irish open

Thursday, 5 July 2018

SHANE Lowry showed some encouraging form at the French Open last weekend. Lowry was very solid as he finished joint 16th overall on -2, earning 73,548.
He was not far off the mark at all on France's Ryder Cup course and he could have been a lot higher. On a very testing golf test, the Clara professional was just five shots behind the winner, Sweden's Alex Noren and it was the second round that did the damage for him.
On Thursday, Lowry had a -1 70, shooting five birdies and four bogeys. He struggled on Friday with a 4 over 76 he had a double bogey six on the 15th, four bogeys and two birdies but was still two shots inside the +5 cut mark.
He found his A game on Saturday with a super -4 67, blazing around the course with five birdies after having his only bogey on the first.
On Sunday, he made a poor start with a bogey and double bogey on the 1st and 2nd but recovered very well with five birdies before a bogey five on the 17th left him on -1 for the day.
There were a lot of positives for Lowry and he will travel to scenic Ballyliffin in Donegal this week for his home tournament, the Irish Open, this week in confident frame of mind.
Lowry will have an enthusiastic backing from his home town, county and country at the links venue and he will be determined to get into the mix as he bids to turn his season around.
Meanwhile, four local golfers failed in their bid to qualify for the Irish Open when they competed in the qualifiers at Rosapenna, Donegal last weekend.
Tullamore's Stuart Grehan made a very brave bid for qualification. He finished joint sixth on -1 after rounds of a -2 70 and a +1 73. Grehan was very unlucky as the top four qualified, Simon Thornton, Neil O'Briain, Colm Moriarty and Cian McNamara and he was just one shot away from a play off with McNamara, who beat Kevin Phelan on the second play off hole.
Daingean professional Brian McCormack retired after he had an 11 over 83 in the first round and that ended his ambitions
Another Daingean golfer, Eoin O'Connor, who works as assistant professional in Kilkenny Golf Club, finished a respectable 51st on +11, shooting a 6 over 78 and a 5 over 75. Birr's Eric Byrne finished 71st on 15 over after rounds of +7 79 and +8 80 - Byrne is assistant professional at St Anne's Golf Club in Dublin.

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