O'Rourke leads by a shot in Carlow
 Knock’s Nicky Grant is lurking just a shot off the lead in the Midlands Senior Scratch Cup at Carlow. Picture by Pat Cashman

Knock’s Nicky Grant is lurking just a shot off the lead in the Midlands Senior Scratch Cup at Carlow. Picture by Pat Cashman

Knock’s Nicky Grant is lurking just a shot off the lead in the Midlands Senior Scratch Cup at Carlow. Picture by Pat CashmanNaas’ Conor O’Rourke added a 73 to his opening 71 to take a one-stroke lead into Sunday’s final 36 holes of the Midlands Senior Scratch Cup at Carlow.

He leads on four over par 144 from Irish international Nicky Grant of Knock, Rathsallagh’s Jack Hume and Castle’s Daniel Holland.

Grant’s afternoon 71 was the best score of the second round while Holland shot the lowest round of the tournament so far with a level par 70 giving him the first round lead.

The cut fell at 19 over par 159 while defending champion Jack Pierse missing out after a 77 and a no-return in the afternoon.

Name & Club Round 1 Score Round 2 Score Total

1 Conor O’Rourke (Naas) 71 73 144

2 Nicky Grant (Knock) 74 71 145

3 Jack Hume (Rathsallagh) 72 73 145

4 Daniel Holland (Castle) 70 75 145

5 Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock) 71 75 146

6 Alan Thomas (Tramore) 72 74 146

7 Colin Woodroofe (Blainroe) 72 75 147

8 Niall Gorey (Muskerry) 72 75 147

9 Ronan Burke (Castle) 75 72 147

10 Jonathan Yates (Naas) 75 72 147

11 Mark Shanahan (Castlemartyr) 75 73 148

12 Alan Hogan (Malahide) 71 78 149

13 John Conroy (Bray) 72 77 149

14 Andrew Hogan (Newlands) 72 77 149

15 Joe Lyons (Birr) 72 77 149

16 Kevin Stack (Dungarvan) 74 75 149

17 Shane McGlynn (Carton House) 73 77 150

18 Brian Casey (Headfort) 78 72 150

19 Andrew Boyle (Ashbourne) 78 74 152

20 Brian Healy (Carlow) 75 77 152

21 Mark Judge (Stackstown) 75 78 153

22 Stephen Dwyer (Lucan) 78 75 153

23 John Greene (Carlow) 75 78 153

24 Pat Bevins (Carlow) 74 80 154

25 James Hanby (Castle) 76 79 155

26 Farrell Cuddihy (Carlow) 74 82 156

27 Edward O’Keeffe (Corrstown) 78 78 156

28 Michael Ryan (New Ross) 78 78 156

29 Liam Ashby (Killerig) 77 79 156

30 Darragh Coughlan (Royal Dublin) 79 77 156

31 Andrew Harte (Carlow) 74 83 157

32 Neville Steedman (Courtown) 75 82 157

33 Bernard Bermingham (Killeen) 75 83 158

34 Paul O’Connor (Malahide) 77 81 158

35 Philip Spratt (West Waterford) 81 77 158

36 Stephen Walsh (Portmarnock) 81 77 158

37 Seán Alley (Co. Tipperary) 79 79 158

38 Billy Fitzpatrick (Headfort) 84 75 159

39 Jordan Shanahan (West Waterford) 79 80 159

Missed the cut

40 Seán McDermott (Carlow) 81 79 160

41 Alan Hopkins (Donabate 80 80 160

42 Gary Flynn (Delgany) 80 80 160

43 Jonathan Kelly (Athy) 77 83 160

44 Gary Walsh (Mt. Juliet) 86 74 160

45 Adrian McManus (Ashbourne) 86 75 161

46 Darragh Smith (Malahide) 83 78 161

47 Paul Flynn (Tramore) 86 75 161

48 James Kelly (Elm Park) 82 80 162

49 Pat O’Hara (Elm Park) 82 80 162

50 Ross Moore (Howth) 84 79 163

51 Peter McKeever (Castle) 76 87 163

52 Thomas Fox (Mt. Temple) 80 85 165

53 Keith Rooney (Headfort) 84 81 165

54 Ross McCormack (Naas) 76 89 165

55 John Whelan (Curragh) 80 86 166

56 Colin Kenny (Portmarnock) 84 83 167

57 Gareth Ryan (Elm Park) 88 81 169

58 Des Coakley (Carlow) 85 86 171

59 Aidan Carleton (Malahide) 88 84 172

60 Eric Bates (Carlow) 95 84 179

61 Graham Lawlor (Westmanstown) 91 N/R N/R

62 Jamie Bolger (Carlow) N/R N/R N/R

63 Seán Maloney (Dunmurry Springs) 80 N/R N/R

64 Mark Richardson (Carton House) 76 N/R N/R

65 Dan Sweeney (Westmanstown) 78 N/R N/R

66 Jason Rackard (Enniscorthy) N/R N/R N/R

67 Eoghan O’Donovan (Craddockstown) 79 N/R N/R

68 Christopher Murphy (West Waterford) N/R N/R N/R

69 Conor McGrogan (Newbridge) 78 N/R N/R

70 Jack Pierse (Grange) 77 N/R N/R

71 Pio O’Leary (Lucan) 78 N/R N/R

72 Daniel Hallissey ( Muskerry) N/R N/R N/R