Niall O’Briain finished in the money at Wensum ValleyThe Island’s David Rawluk and Limerick’s Tim Rice tied for eighth place in the opening Europro Tour event of the season at Wensum Valley.

As England’s Jamie Abbot took the £10,000 top prize in the YourGolfTravel.com European Championship, Rawluk closed with a one of 73 and Rice a 76 to finish five behind on five over par and earn £750 (around €845) each.

Portmarnock’s Noel Fox was the next best of the Irish in tied 14th on nine over after a 75 with Derry’s Mick McGeady tied 33rd after a third successive 75 and Dubliner Neil O Briain tied 37th on 10 over after a 75.

Paul O’Hanlon, John Kelly, Cian Curley, Peter O’Keeffe and Michael Lavelle all missed the 36 hole cut.