All three Irish contenders had disappointing final rounds to miss out at the European Tour’s First Stage Section B Qualifying School test at Stoke By Nayland.
Team Ireland’s Dermot McElroy was inside the top 16 with a round to go but closed with a seven over 78 to miss out by two strokes on five-over par.
It was also a day to forget for Colin Fairweather, who shot 77 to finish on nine-over while New Ross amateur Michael Ryan posted a 79 to miss out by ten shots.
England’s Jamie Abbott closed with a two-over 73 to top the qualifiers by one stroke on eight-under from Norwegian amateur Kristoffer Reitan as 16 players qualified for November’s Second Stage on three-over 287.
it was a low scoring affair in Austria with all 23 qualifers finishing with a lower score than Abbott’s eight under in England.
Casey Wittenberg topped the list as he finished a shot ahead of Italian Aron Zemmer on 18 under par.
Stoke by Nayland
Victor Gebhard Østerby
Raphaël De Sousa
European Tour Qualifying School
Sep 18-21 — First Stage Europe Section B Stoke by Nayland
T22 Dermot McElroy, 67 74 70 78 289 FQ
T34 Colin Fairweather, 76 74 66 77 293 FQ
T41 Michael Ryan (Am), 70 75 73 79 297 FQ
MC Kieran Lynch (Am), 77 79 80 236 FQ
Sep 18-21 — First Stage Europe Section B GolfClub Schloss Ebreichsdorf. Austria
MC Stephen Grant 80 72 71 223 FQ
MC Peter Dallat 73 74 78 225 FQ
Sep 11-14 — First Stage Europe Section A Fleesensee, Germany
T18 Colm Moriarty 74 70 70 69 283 FQ
T25 Michael McGeady 70 72 72 71 285 FQ
First Stage Europe Section A The Players Club, Bristol, England
T3 Luke Donnelly Q 77 71 62 74 284 QUALIFIED
6 Neil O'Briain Q 72 68 72 74 286 QUALIFIED
T34 Brian McElhinney 79 74 70 74 297 FQ
T45 Joe Dillon 71 77 76 76 300 FQ
MC Brendan McCarroll 75 82 79 236 FQ
Sep 25-28 — First Stage Europe Section C Golf Club Bogogno, Italy
Oct 09-12 — First Stage Europe Section D Golf d’Hardelot, France
Oct 09-12 — First Stage Europe Section D Bom Sucesso, Óbidos, Portugal