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Geoff Lenehan soaring after eagle

By Peter Hutcheon

A hugely impressive six-under 66 by Portmarnock's Geoff Lenehan on the Dunluce Links saw him finish as leading qualifier in the North of Ireland Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush.

An eagle three helped the Dubliner to three under for his round to the turn yesterday and with three more birdies on the back nine, he reached 10 under for the two qualifying rounds -two ahead of the field.

Despite chalking up a double-bogey seven at the ninth hole, Stackstown's Richard Bridges also managed a 66 on the Dunluce Course yesterday to finish second behind Lenehan on eight under. His card had no fewer than eight birdies, including four in a row from the fifth.

Warrenpoint's Colm Campbell is also through to the matchplay.

He added a 68 to the 66 he scored on the Valley Course for a six under par total.

Balmoral's Matthew McClean had two solid rounds of 69 and 70 to make it through, while Knock's Colin Fairbrother, Dunmurry's Ian Moore and Belvoir Park's Barry Cashman also progressed.

The first two knockout rounds will be played over the Dunluce Course today with the third and fourth rounds tomorrow and the semi-finals and finals on Friday.

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