Top 10s for Rice and McElroy in Northampton
Dermot McElroy

Dermot McElroy

PGA Europro Tour — Tim Rice soared 24 places to 45th on the Race to Amendoeira after claiming a share of fourth in the at the PGA EuroPro Tour’s Jessie May World Snooker Championship at Collingtree Park.

The Irish PGA champion from Limerick closed with a three under par 69 to finish on 11-under, just four shots behind England’s Alex Belt, who shot 65 to win by three shots on 15-under par.

The top five on the Race to Amendoeira earn Challenge Tour cards at the end of the season and while Rice is £13,000 short of that mark, Jonny Caldwell’s share of 13th in Northampton left him fourth in the money list with Dermot McElroy sixth after a share of sixth at Collingtree Park earned him another £1,400.

Royal Dublin’s Niall Kearney is up to 10th in the money list after he closed with a 72 to finish tied 19th.

As for Belt, his maiden win moved him ahead of Gavin Moynihan, who has already established himself on the Challenge Tour this season, in 15th.

“I feel very thankful that I managed to get over the line,” said the 32-year old, who won £10,000 as well as a brand new Motocaddy S3 PRO electric trolley with lithium battery, Bushnell Pro X2 Range Finder and Bolle sunglasses.

“There was some great competition out there and even though I won by three shots, I could feel the other guys breathing down my neck”

Highlights from the Jessie May World Snooker Championship at Collingtree Golf Club will air on Sky Sports Golf on Tuesday, September 12. 

The EuroPro Tour continues with its penultimate event at Moor Allerton in the Clipper Logistics Championship from September 13-15.

Jessie May World Snooker Championship, Collingtree Park (par 72)

Detailed scores

T4 Tim Rice (Limerick Golf Club) 67 69 69 205 £1,875.00
T6 Dermot McElroy (Ballymena Golf Club) 69 67 70 206 £1,400.00
T13 Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye Golf Club) 69 70 69 208 £629.17
T19 Niall Kearney (The Royal Dublin) 67 70 72 209 £465.00