Tour round-up: Rice just one back; Kearney starts well in Norway

Florian Fritsch. Pic: © Getty Images

Europro Tour — Tim Rice went into today's final round of the Clipper Logistics Championship just a stroke behind leaders Luke Jackson, Stiggy Hodgson and defending champion Billy Hemstock at Moor Allerton Golf Club in Leeds.

The Limerick man shot a two under 69 to get to five under par with Killeen Castle Ricky Weldon the only other Irish player to make the cut. 

Challenge Tour — Niall Kearney was the best of the Irish as Germany's Florian Fritsch flew into an early lead in the Norwegian Challenge after shooting a sensational round of 64 at Miklagard Golf Club.

The German, whose fear of flying forces him to drive across Europe to tournaments, went out in 32 and raced home in the same number of strokes to set the pace on eight under par, one

Kearney's five under 67 left him tied for sixth with Lurgan's Gareth Shaw back in the pack on level par after a 72. Stephen Grant )76) and Mike Kelly (81) have work to do to make the cut.