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Caldwell goes closest on day of disappointment for local players

 

Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Six Northern Irish golfers missed out on a place at The Open Championship in final qualifying yesterday.

Clandeboye professional Jonathan Caldwell came closest, carding an even par total for his 36 holes at Fairmont St Andrews and losing out by only four shots.

He finished a shot clear of Massereene Golf Club's Tiarnan McLarnon, who had been tied fourth early in his second round.

Also at Fairmont, Holywood teenager Tom McKibbin had come through regional qualifying last week but fell short with a four-over par opening round and a one-over par second round.

Warrenpoint's Colm Campbell injected life into his opening round with three consecutive birdies at St Andrews but that could only help the amateur to one-over at the midway point before a disappointing second round led to a 10-over par total.

Over at Notts, former European Tour player Michael Hoey and Moyola Park professional Gareth Shaw were in action but neither finished their 36-holes, Hoey withdrawing after a three-over par first round and Shaw ending his day early at five-over par.

Qualifiers: Curtis Knipes, Callum Shinkwin Austin Connelly, Brandon Wu, Connor Syme, Sam Locke, Garrick Porteous, Jack Senior, Matthew Baldwin, Andrew Wilson, Thomas Thurloway and Ashton Turner

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