Dunbar progresses despite collapse


Irish amateur star Alan Dunbar survived a remarkable collapse at Wychwood Park but still squeezed through to the second stage of European Tour qualifying. Rathmore’s British Amateur champion appeared to be coasting only to go into meltdown with five bogeys and a double bogey from the 12th hole.

Fortunately for Dunbar, his final-round 77 saw him finish tied for 20th place on five-over-par, two shots inside the cut. Five Irishmen progressed with Waterville’s David Higgins the best finisher in joint second after a level-par 72. Barrie Trainor also fired a 72 to ease into the second qualifying stage in November, ending in a tie for fourth while Cian Curley (73) and Jonathan Caldwell (75) finished on two-over for a share of 11th.

Bushfoot’s David Jones misses out by just one shot while Conna’s Donal Gleeson is also out. Sweden’s Alexander Bjork was the winner by two strokes on 284.

Over at Fleesensee, Germany, Royal Dublin’s Niall Kearney carded five birdies in a three-under 69 to book his place in the next phase but Stephen Grant misses out.

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