Round-up: McGeady and Selfridge shine; Carey's cash; trio get paid

Rhys Davies. Picture © Carlos Beautell 

Challenge Tour — Michael McGeady and Chris Selfridge made the cut as Welshman Rhys Davies maintained his four stroke lead at the Fred Olsen Open de España.

Davies added a four under par 67 to his incredible opening 60 at picturesque Tecina Golf to lead by four strokes on 15 under par from England’s Jack Senior (65) and the Netherlands’ Taco Remkes (63)

The 30 year old, who won this tournament six years ago, picked up four shots on the same front nine he cleared in 28 shots on day one to move well clear of the field early on.

Bogeys at the tenth and 11th holes halted his progress, but he bounced back with birdies at the 13th and 17th to ensure he will take a considerable advantage into the weekend.

McGeady had five birdies in a four under 67 to get to seven under and joint 12th as Selfridge made six in a five under 66 to make the three under par cut with a stroke to spare.

But there was no luck for Gareth Shaw or Niall Turner as they missed out by a shot. Scores 

Shaw added a 71 to his opening 69 while Turner followed his encouraging 67 on day one with a 73.

Davies said: “I knew it would be difficult today following up that round. I wasn’t expecting everything to go my way like it did in the first round and that was the case.

“I’m really happy with it though and I putted extremely well. I got off to a flyer and was three under through four, then I just played well for the most part, hitting most fairways and most greens even if everything wasn’t going for me like it was yesterday.”

Alps Tour — France’s Matthieu Pavon defeated Spain’s Gerard Piris at the third extra-hole to win his second Alps Tour title at the Servizitalia Open.
Pavon led by three at one stage in the final round before Priris made an albatross at the 16th. Pavon bogyed the last to set up a playoff on the ninth which they birdied twice before the Frenchman prevailed with a third birdie.
Playing in the last Alps Tour event before the summer break, Carton House’s David Carey was one over with three holes to play but eagled the 16th and birdied the next for a 71 and a share of fifth.
The 18-year old finished on 10 under par, seven off the pace, but earned his first cheque since February (€1,720) to move up to 49th in the Order of Merit behind Pavon.

Europro Tour — England’s Aaron Rai closed with a 70 and then beat Craig Hinton in a playoff for the Glenfarclas Open after they finished tied on eight under 202.

Rai earned £10,000 with Hinton pocketing £6,000 but there was also some cash for the Irish trio of Alan Dunbar, Brian Casey and Simon Ward. Scores

T42 Alan Dunbar  Team Ireland 71 70 73 214 £327.50    
T48 Brian Casey Headfort Golf Club 72 70 73 215 £300.00    
T55 Simon Ward Unattached 69 74 74 217 £272.50