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Guiney makes his move at School

JD GuineyJD Guiney. Listowel’s JD Guiney took a giant step towards next month’s Second Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School when he fired a five under 67 Frilford Heath to move comfortably inside the crucial top 24 ahead of today’s final round.

Turner cruising in France

Niall TurnerNiall Turner. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ie Niall Turner is the only Irish player inside the crucial top 24 and ties at the European Tour’s Qualifying School First Stage.

Irish find French connection at Q-School

Niall TurnerNiall Turner, pictures at the 2011 Iskandar Johor Open, made a solid start the European Tour Q-School in France. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieMuskerry’s Niall Turner, Limerick’s Tim Rice and Banbridge’s Richard Kilpatrick made positive starts to their bids for European Tour cards at the First Stage of the Qualifying School.

Molloy heads qualifiers for Galgorm

Ciaran Molloy will be in action in the Northern Ireland Open Challenge at Galgorm Castle later this month.Blackwood assistant professional Ciaran Molloy fired a five-under par 67 in today’s pre-qualifier at Galgorm Castle to book his place in the Northern Ireland Open Challenge at the end of the month.

Oliver hungry for more at Q-School

Carrickfergus’ Ross Oliver fired a three-under par 69 to move into the qualifying places at the halfway stage of the European Tour School’s First Qualifying Stage Section B qualifier at Wychwood Park.

The top 25 and ties progress to December’s Second Sage from the Cheshire venue and Europro Tour regular Oliver, 24, is tied for 23rd on the current one-over par target score, nine strokes behind leader Steve Uzzell.

Grant starts well at PQ1 in Germany

Stephen Grant started well at the first stage of the European Tour Qualifying School in Germany. Picture by Pat Cashman, courtesy of the Golfing Union of Ireland.Former professional footballer Stephen Grant is the only Irish player inside the qualifying places after the opening rounds of the Section B qualifiers in the First Stage of the European Tour School.

Turner finishes fast to join McGeady in PQ2

Derry powerhouse Mick McGeady blasted a five under 67 in the final round at the London Club to cruise into November’s second stage of the European Tour Qualifying School. But the Irish hero of the day was Muskerry’s Niall Turner, who also shot 67 to make it to PQ2 on the five-under par number at the Kent venue.

McGeady going well at Q-School

Derry’s Mick McGeady is tied for fifth place midway through the First Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School Section A qualifier at The London Club in Kent. No fewer than 48 players will represent either Ireland or Northern Ireland at stage one, including Newlands’ Cian Curley, who has turned professional.

Fog delays play at The Oxfordshire

Walker Cup ace Niall Kearney blasted a third round 68 in Germany to keep his tour dream alive at the first stage of the European Tour Qualifying School.

Mervyn Owens is looking good in BerlinWith the top 27 and ties progressing to November’s second stage, the Royal Dublin amateur moved into a share of eighth place on five under at Fleesensee near Berlin with Mallow's Mervyn Owens a shot further back after a 73.

In France, Ulsterman Eddie Barr hit a 70 at Golf de Moliets to move into a share of eighth on eight under par with Limerick’s Cian McNamara well-placed in tied 15th on six under.

37 Irish heading to Q-School

Walker Cup player Niall Kearney is one of 37 Irishmen who have entered the first stage of the European Tour Qualifying School later this month.

The 21-year old Royal Dublin amateur will tee it up in a 115-man field at Fleesensee Golf and Country Club near Berlin from September 22-25 alongside Justin Brink and fellow South of Ireland champions Mark Campbell and Mervyn Owens.

Kearney is one of six Irish amateurs amongst the 749 hopefuls who will begin their bids of European Tour cards at stage one. The others are Ulstermen Byron Campbell and Ruairi McGee, Newlands’ Irish international Cian Curley, Royal Dublin’s Neil O Briain and Portmarnock’s James Fox.

Portstewart’s Paul Cutler, who was disappointed not to make the Walker Cup side this year, has not entered.