McElroy heads Moynihan in Europro title chase
Dermot McElroy

Dermot McElroy

Ballymena's Dermot McElroy holds a one-stroke lead over The Island's Gavin Moynihan heading into Friday's final round of the Lookers Championship at Close House.

The 23-year old former West of Ireland champion added a three-under-par 68 to his opening 67 to lead on seven-under-par 135 in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Moynihan,  22, won two Irish Amateur Open titles and the Scottish Amateur Strokeplay and made two Walker Cup appearances in a stellar amateur career before turning professional.

He carded a second successive 68 in Thursday's second round to get within one of McElroy with Royal Dublin's Niall Kearney the next best of the Irish in 10th on two-under after rounds of 69 and 71.

Clandeboye's Jonny Caldwell is tied 17th on one-under with North West's Brian McElhinney back in 44th on one-over.

The Lookers Championship, Close House - Colt Course (Par 71

Detailed scores

  • 1 Dermot McElroy Ballymena Golf Club 67 68 135 
  • 2 Gavin Moynihan ISM 68 68 136 
  • T10 Niall Kearney The Royal Dublin 69 71 140 
  • T17 Jonathan Caldwell Clandeboye Golf Club 69 72 141 
  • T44 Brian McElhinney North West Golf Clu 72 71 143