Murray and Dowling lead in Carlow; Greene chasing
 at Murray. Picture by  Pat Cashma

at Murray. Picture by Pat Cashma

Pat Murray and Alan Dowling lead the einster Over 30’s Amateur Open Championship with a round to go but they will have Carlow man John Greene hunting them down.

Wily campaigner Murray added a sensational 66 to his opening 73, coming home in 31 to lead the way on one under par alongside Hermitage man Dowling (68-71) with the local hope Greene tucked in just two behind.

Raw, no doubt, from his painful 19th hole defeat to David Foy in the third round of the South, Greene followed a 70 with a 71, closing with two birdies to share third with Hermitage's Brian O'Connor Jnr on one over 141.

Left-hander Mark Shanahan sits alone in fifth on two over with former South and East of Ireland winner Jim Carvill still a factor, just five off the pace after a pair of 72.

Leinster Over 30’s Amateur Open Championship 2016, Carlow Golf Club (Par 70 CSS Round 1, 73, Round 2, 73)

Detailed scores

Qualifiers

139 Pat Murray (Limerick Golf Club) 73 66, Alan Dowling (Hermitage) 68 71

141 John Greene (Portmarnock) 70 71, Brian O'Connor Jnr (Hermitage) 66 75

142 Mark Shanahan (Castlemartyr) 72 70

144 Joe Crangle (Fortwilliam) 73 71, Jim Carvill (Banbridge) 72 72, Patrick Bevins (Carlow Golf Club) 72 72

145 Seamus Cullen (Slieve Russell) 73 72, Derek Downie (Sutton) 72 73

146 Rory Leonard (Banbridge) 73 73, Dave Lowry (Corballis Links) 73 73

147 Mark Duffy (Naas) 75 72

148 Eoin Arthurs (Forrest Little.) 77 71, Peter Kirby (Dun Laoghaire) 76 72, Paul O'Hara (Kilkenny Golf Club) 75 73, Mark Mullen (Rosslare) 75 73

149 Donal Hogan (Killeen Golf Club) 78 71, Paul Flynn (Tramore) 76 73, Neville Steedman (European Golf Club) 73 76

150 Alan Condren (Greystones) 77 73, Tony McClements (Holywood Golf Club) 76 74, Alan Moran (Tuam Golf Club) 75 75

151 Warren Kelly (Naas) 78 73, Colm Murphy (Clandeboye) 77 74, Rob Fitzpatrick (Naas) 77 74, Peter Sheehan (Ballybunion Golf Club) 76 75, Gary Flynn (Delgany) 75 76

152 Gus J. Fitzpatrick (Naas) 77 75, Paul Byrne (Hermitage) 74 78

153 David Mc Carthy (Bandon Golf Club) 80 73, Aidan Claffey (Elm Park) 78 75, Paul Bulfin (Carlow Golf Club) 76 77, Karl Murray (Charlesland) 75 78, Anthony Feicks (Waterford) 75 78

154 Evan Thomas (Arklow Golf Club) 77 77, Derek Ronan (New Ross Golf Club) 75 79

155 Christopher O'Connor (Corrstown) 77 78, Declan O'Neill (Carton House) 75 80

156 David McMahon (Tralee Golf Club) 80 76, Trevor Dooley (Forrest Little.) 78 78, Paul O'Sullivan (Bray) 77 79, Colin Brennan (Killeen Golf Club) 76 80, Mark Somers (Luttrellstown Castle) 75 81

Non Qualifiers

157 Simon Miskelly (Knock) 82 75, Michael Buggy (Castlecomer Golf Club) 79 78

158 Sean Moran (Co. Meath Golf Club) 84 74, Lewy Halpin Jnr (Shannon) 82 76, Andrew Liam Norrby (Lisburn) 79 79, Cian O'Donnell (Castletroy Golf Club) 78 80, David Kelleher (Portmarnock) 76 82

159 Sean McDermott (Carlow Golf Club) 85 74, Brian Healy (Carlow Golf Club) 79 80, Dara Bruen (Castlerea) 76 83, Ciaran Griffin (Palmerstown Stud) 76 83

160 Tom Hogan (Headfort) 83 77, Stuart Carter (The Heritage) 81 79, Tony O'Leary (Rosslare) 78 82

161 Redmond McDonnell (Adare Golf Club) 82 79

162 Gavin McKenna (Fortwilliam) 87 75, Alan Pitcher (The Links Portmarnock) 84 78, Johnny Ward (Banbridge) 81 81, Colin H Walsh (Dublin Mountain Golf Club) 81 81, Barry Wilde (Balbriggan) 81 81, Richard Williams (Naas) 80 82

163 D J O'Donovan (Charleville Golf Club) 82 81

164 Anthony Corcoran (Carlow Golf Club) 82 82

165 Donal Heron (Clontarf Golf Club) 85 80, Damien Gleeson (Limerick Golf Club) 84 81, Darragh Callaghan (Balbriggan) 84 81, Martin Hogan (Westmanstown Golf Club) 83 82, Daniel Coyle (Portmarnock) 77 88

166 Laurence Long (Naas) 81 85

167 Damien O'Driscoll (Newlands) 83 84

168 Paul Roche (Palmerstown Stud) 87 81, Colm McIlroy (Holywood Golf Club) 84 84

169 Paul O'Brien (Palmerstown Stud) 88 81, David Buckley (Co. Meath Golf Club) 83 86

NR/WD Shane Walsh (Killeen Golf Club) 86 NR, Liam Mulligan (Edmondstown) 79 NR, Alan Thomas (Dungarvan) NR WD