Six of 20 Irish overcome PGA Europro Tour Q-School qualifiers
 Headfort's Brian Casey, captured during the 2013 Irish Amateur Open at Royal Dublin by  Pat Cashman Photography

Headfort's Brian Casey, captured during the 2013 Irish Amateur Open at Royal Dublin by Pat Cashman Photography

Headfort's Brian Casey tied for third and Simon Ward and Rory McNamara shared fifth as just six of Ireland's 20 hopefuls came through Stage One of the PGA Europro Tour's Q-School at five UK venues.

Mark Whelan, Glen Robinson and Matt McAlpin also won their places in the field for the Final Stage at Frilford Heath from April 6-8. They will be joined there by the exempt Richard Weldon from Killeen Castle.

PGA EUROPRO TOUR QUALIFYING SCHOOL STAGE 1 

BURHILL (37 qualified on +10 or better)

Did not qualify

  • 64 Dan Murphy (a) The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort +15 82 77 159

  • 69 Keith Shannon Greenore Golf Club +17 81 80 161

MOTTRAM HALL (36 qualified on +15 or better)

Qualified

  • T3 Brian Casey Team Ireland Golf +3 74 72 146 £200.00

  • T26 Mark Whelan Allied Pension Trustees +10 83 70 153

Did not qualify

  • T46 Simon Bryan (a) Delgany Golf Club +13 79 77 156

  • T46 Cian Curley Newlands Golf Club +13 81 75 156

  • T54 David Rawluk The Island Golf Club +14 78 79 157

  • T64 Bobby King  Birr Golf Club +17 80 80 160

PLAYERS CLUB, BRISTOL (36 qualified on +15 or better)

Qualified

  • T31 Glen Robinson  Unattached +14 77 79 156

Did not qualify

  • 45 Michael Kelly Dun Laoghaire Golf Club +16 80 78 158

  • 46 Noel Quinn Whipsnade Park Golf Club +16 77 81 158

  • 51 Brian McCormack Edenderry Golf Academy +18 78 82 160

  • 63 Darren Walsh Wexford Golf Club +21 81 82 163

  • 70 Brian Sweeney Castle Fuels +23 87 78 165

  • 74 Harry Coyne Unattached +26 89 79 168

WOLDINGHAM, SURREY (37 qualified on +8 or better)

Qualified

  • T5 Simon Ward Unattached +1 74 69 143 £33.33

  • T5 Rory McNamara  La Cala Resort +1 74 69 143 £33.33

  • 27 Matt McAlpin The Ramore +6 79 69 148

Did not qualify

  • 55 Jonathan Breen (a) Kirkistown Castle Golf Club +13 79 76 155

  • 59 Nial Kearns Omagh Golf Club +13 75 80 155

SLALEY HALL (33 qualified on +17 or better)

  • No Irish