Shades of Seve as Javier Ballesteros dedicates opening 65 to Dad
A picture is worth a thousand words and this image of Javier Ballesteros says it all. The 21-year old amateur made his debut in a pro event at the same course where his late father Seve took his first steps on the road to golfing immortality, Sant Cugat, 38 years ago.
And the young law student did so brilliantly, dedicating his five under 65 to his father as he trailed first round leader Ivo Giner by just three strokes in the Alps Tour’s Peugeot Alps de Barcelona.
Cutler misses cut at Q-School
Paul Cutler agonisingly missed the 54-hole Q-School cut by a shot at Frilford Heath and must now rely on sponsors invitations to earn his tour card this year.
The 22-year old from Portstewart, top scorer in Great Britain and Ireland’s Walker Cup win last month, shot a six over 78 to finish on 15 over at the Oxfordshire venue in the First Qualifying Stage.
It was a sad end to a personally difficult period for the likeable Ulsterman, whose grandfather John Cutler sadly passed away last week.
Cutler in danger of early exit at Q-School
Paul Cutler is six shots outside the top 25 and ties who progress to Stage Two from the European Tour School Section D qualifier at Frilford Heath after adding a second round 76 to his opening 77.
The former Walker Cup star is tied for 69th on nine over and in danger of missing the 54-hole cut as only those within seven shots of the qualifying mark - currently three over par - will contest the final round.
Alps Tour quartet in car smash scare
Four budding Irish professionals narrowly cheated death in a car smash as they prepared for a mini tour event in Austria.
Former Irish amateur internationals Dara Lernihan (Castle), Brendan McCarroll (Ballyliffin), Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge) and Gareth Shaw (Lurgan) were driving to the golf course to practice for this week’s Alps Tour event when their hire car collided head on with a motorbike on a twisting mountain road.
Kaymer's old pal Fritsch soars to 62 and victory
As Martin Kaymer giving Tiger Woods a taste of things to come in the Dubai Desert Classic, the German’s former foursomes partner Florian Fritsch was scorching to a nine-under par 62 to win the El Valle Open on the slightly less glamorous Hi5 Pro Tour in Spain.
Fritsch triumphed by a stroke from overnight leader Miguel Angel Martin (73) and Clandeboye’s Jonny Caldwell (70), who birdied his final three holes to finish alongside the Spaniard on 10 under par.