Whiffin, Quinlivan and Murray qualify for Galgorm Castle

Mullingar's James Quinlivan. Picture: Thos Caffrey / www.golffile.ie

The Hertfordshire's Sean Whiffin took the top spot in the Northern Ireland Open Challenge qualifier when he fired a four under 68 at Hilton Templepatrick to take the first of three spots in the field for the €170,000 Challenge Tour event set for Galgorm Castle later this month.

Mullingar's James Quinlivan took second place with a one under 71 while third spot went to Massereene's Noel Murray after a play-off with Peter McCarroll from Allen Park.

Th tied with 73s and while both birdied the first extra hole, Murray eagled the second, hitting a five iron to 15 feet and holing the putt to secure his place at Galgorm Castle from August 28-31.

As for Whiffin, he said: "I putted great, which is mainly down to my work with Dermott Parker of Sveye Sports Vision."

NI Open qualifier, Hilton Templepatrick (Par 72)

Sean Whiffin The Hertfordshire 68
James Quinlivan Mullingar 71
Noel Murray Masserene 73
Peter McCarroll Allen Park 73
Michael McIntyre Unattached 74
Thomas Perry Abbeydale 75
Jonathan Hearn Chart Hills 77
Wayne Telford Loughgall 77
David Leathem Lisburn 77
Enda Maguire Dundalk 77
Mark Weatherall Unattached 78
John Henry Clydebank & District 78
Mark Whelan Castlewarden 78
James Wilson Formby 79
Simon Ward Unattached 79
David Hughes Masserene 80
David Foley Dromoland 81
Scott Wilson Co. Louth 82
Patrick Small Galway 82
Garry Moore Unattached 84
Steve Moore Spawell 85
Nial Kearns Omagh 85
Bernard Quigley Carton House 87
Ciaran Molloy Blackwood DQ
Graham Callaghan McGuirks Golf DQ
Brian Sweeney Concra Wood RTD