McCarroll in pole position for €20,000 in Cyprus

McCarroll in pole position for €20,000 in Cyprus

October 1st, 2010

IRISHMAN Brendan McCarroll is leading the race for the €20,000 top prize in the biggest event in the PGA EuroPro Tour season.

McCarroll, 24, shot the best round of the second day in the Marfin Popular Bank EuroPro Tour Championship at Aphrodite Hills Golf in Paphos, Cyprus.

Birdies at the first, fifth, sixth, seventh, tenth, 14th, 15th and 18th, along with a bogey at the 13th, helped McCarroll to a score of seven-under to take him to eight-under for the tournament.

A victory in Cyprus could catapult McCarroll to the Challenge Tour, depending on how his nearest rivals perform.

McCarroll has been a regular on the EuroPro tour in the last three seasons after he successfully battled through the 2007 Qualifying School.

His highest finish so far came in July when he was tied second at Stoke-by-Nayland, although he also failed to make the cut six times in 2010.

Going into the final day on Saturday, McCarroll holds a two-shot lead over George Woolgar, who is one ahead of Scott Henry and Stuart Archibald in tied third.

Henry ended well with birdies at the 17th and 18th, Woolgar claimed an eagle at the par-five sixth, while Archibald registered an eagle of his own on the par-five 18th.

At the start of the second day, three men – Nicky Harris, James Hepworth and Jeremy Kavanagh – were tied in first place but they all fell down the leaderboard.

Harris went round in a level-par round and sits tied fifth, Hepworth has fallen to tied 17th, while double bogeys at the third and 14th from Kavanagh left him in tied 26th.

The event, which only features players from the top 60 of the money list from the regular season, concludes on Saturday with the competitors playing their third and final round.

In previous seasons, the players who finish the campaign in the top five on the EPT Order of Merit advance to the Challenge Tour.

However, seven players from the 2010 EuroPro Tour will move up to the Challenge Tour. Daniel Gaunt (winner of a Challenge Tour event earlier in the year) and Craig Lee (guaranteed a place in the top 80 of the Challenge Tour money list) have already secured their spots at the higher level.

Matthew Evans and James Hepworth are guaranteed high finishes on the EPT money list so three spots are still up for grabs in what promises to be a hotly-contested final round in Cyprus.

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