Conor O’Rourke bid for Euro card starts in Portugal

By Carl Field

Fresh from recording his best result on the Challenge Tour, Conor O’Rourke tees it up in Portugal this morning as his bid to earn a European Tour card begins at qualifying school.

The 27-year-old Kildare man claimed the Christy O’Connor Junior Memorial Trophy as the leading home player in a tie for 23rd at the Monaghan Irish Challenge at Concra Wood over the weekend.

O’Rourke is one of three Irish players who are competing at the first stage qualifying event at Bom Sucesso, Obidos, this week alongside fellow Naas star Jonathan Yates and Castleknock’s David Carey.

The field also includes Javier and Manuel Ballesteros, sons of the late great Seve Ballesteros, as well as Craig Lawrie, son of another Ryder Cup star, Paul.

There is also Irish interest at the corresponding event at Golf d’Hardelot in France where Peter Williamson will be aiming to be one of the qualifiers from a field that also includes former Amateur champion and home favourite Romain Langasque.

The four Irishmen will be aiming to join five of their compatriots who have already played their way into stage two.

Luke Donnelly and Neil O’Briain both came through from The Players Club in Bristol, while Gary Hurley was victorious at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire – where Kevin Phelan also qualified. Cameron Raymond, meanwhile, succeeded at Bogogno in Italy.

More on this topic

Golf on the Lisbon coast: From umbrella pines and sandy wastelands to the glory of seaside thrills

Law claims maiden European Tour title after strong finish at ISPS Handa Vic Open

Johnson digs deep to seal Saudi title

Dustin Johnson claims Saudi lead as Rose misses the cut

More in this Section

Brighton boss Hughton welcomes ‘distraction’ from Premier League

Andy Farrell feels Ireland will continue to have a bright future when he takes charge

Blow for Wales as Leigh Halfpenny is overlooked by Scarlets

Ferrari are hoping they have raised the bar with their 2019 F1 car


HIIT found to be ‘better for weight loss’ – here are 4 hybrid classes you need to try

TV presenter Liz Bonnin on how shopping sustainably can help take care of the planet

Irish gin is growing in popularity – 4 great distilleries to visit

Love in the air for Post Malone's Valentine's show

More From The Irish Examiner