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Galbraith into the swing of Irish title quest

By Paul Kelly

Published 18/08/2016

Boost: John Ross Galbraith claimed the leading qualifier's silver medal
Boost: John Ross Galbraith claimed the leading qualifier's silver medal

Whitehead's John Ross Galbraith has set his sights on going all the way after claiming the leading qualifier's silver medal at the AIG Irish Close Championship at Ballyliffin GC.

Galbraith recovered from a poor start to post a second-round 69, and is four under par after two rounds of stroke play.

The Irish international, who won the event in 2014, finished one shot ahead of Ireland team-mate Robin Dawson (Tramore).

"I'm feeling great. I didn't get off to a good start with a double bogey at the second but I got two birdies quickly to get back to even par and I kept it going from there," said the 22-year-old.

"I holed a 40-footer for birdie at the 10th which lifted my spirits and got the momentum going. I'm feeling good. My game is in good shape and I am feeling good physically. I'm ready to take anyone on in the match play."

Six players made it through to the last 64 on 156 (+12) including Bushfoot teenager Owen Crooks, who will face Galbraith this morning. Champion Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene) will line up against James Sugre (Mallow) while Irish Open king Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint) will play Rathmore's Ben Best.

'Ready golf' will be used to speed up play, meaning players will hit when they are ready as opposed to the furthest away from the hole going first.

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