McIlroy up for Mullingar challenge

A revitalised Rory McIlroy is licking his lips at the prospect of a head-to-head battle with Mark Campbell for the Mullingar Scratch Cup.

A revitalised Rory McIlroy is licking his lips at the prospect of a head-to-head battle with Mark Campbell for the Mullingar Scratch Cup.

The Irish Close and West of Ireland champion is feeling full of energy after a three-week break from the game and is lurking menacingly just two strokes adrift of Stackstown man Campbell entering the final 36 holes at the midlands venue.

The 17-year-old Holywood star carded rounds of 68 and 67 to finish the day on nine under par as Campbell followed a course-record, seven-under-par 65 with an eagle at the 18th for a second-round 68 and an 11-under-par total.

“It’s nice to see the hard work paying off and I played really nicely this morning to shoot that score,” Campbell said of his opening 65.

“It was very wet and hard to get going this morning but I played well and could even have been one or two better than 65, but I’ll take it.”

McIlroy followed a two-week holiday in southern Spain with a week of practice with coach Michael Bannon and some short-game practice with national coach Neil Manchip.

He is looking forward to going one better than last year, when he was edged out for the title by Lurgan's Gareth Shaw in a sudden-death play-off.

McIlroy said: "It was nice to get a break and I really enjoy coming to Mullingar because the course seems to set up for me. It is not that long and there is a lot of wedge-play required, which is good because I am pretty good with the wedges."

However, the leading pair won’t have it all their own way on the final day, with Royal Dublin's Neil O Briain on five under par and Westport’s Cathal O’Malley, who equalled Campbell’s course-record 65 in the afternoon, lurking just seven strokes adrift on four under beside Malahide's Gavin O'Connor and South of Ireland winner Simon Ward.

Mullingar Scratch Trophy (sponsored by the Owens Group), Mullingar GC, par 72

(After 36 holes)

133 M Campbell (Stackstown) 65 68

135 R McIlroy (Holywood) 68 67

139 N O Briain (Royal Dublin) 69 70

140 C O'Malley (Westport) 75 65, S Ward (Co Louth) 73 67, G O'Connor (Malahide) 69 71

141 P O'Keeffe (Douglas) 73 68, J Caldwell (Clandeboye) 73 68, J Morris (Mullingar) 73 68

142 E Arthurs (Forrest Little) 74 68, N Turner (Muskerry) 73 69 143 B Walton (The Island) 73 70, J Carvill (Warrenpoint) 73 70 144 D Morgan (Mullingar) 75 69, S Lowry (Esker Hills) 73 71, C O'Connor (Athlone) 71 73

145 R Leonard (Banbridge) 77 68, G Bowden (Hermitage) 76 69, G Hall (Edenderry) 75 70, G Shaw (Lurgan) 74 71, J Waldron (Muskerry) 72 73 146 J Lyons (Galway) 75 71, K Metcalfe (Mullingar) 74 72, G Carew (Edenderry) 74 72

147 S Gannon (Co Louth) 75 72, D Scully (Galway) 75 72, J Fox (Portmarnock) 74 73

148 R McNamara (Headford) 75 73, A McCloy (Ballymena) 74 74

149 J McGinn (L'town & B'town) 75 74, D Lernihan (Castle) 75 74 150 A McAllister (Portmarnock) 79 71, A Dowling (Hermitage) 78 72, P Buckley (Kanturk) 78 72, C Cunningham (Mullingar) 77 73, B O'Connor (Hermitage) 75 75, D Houlihan (K Club) 75 75, B O'Brien (Headfort) 75 75, C McNamara (Limerick) 75 75, G Lawlor (Citywest) 75 75, R Kilpatrick (Banbridge) 73 77

151 P Higgans (Mullingar) 77 74, R Durnin (L'town & B'town) 76 75, S McSweeney (Cork) 76 75, J Quinlivan (Mullingar) 75 76, J Somers (L'town & B'town) 75 76

152 M Lavelle (K Club) 79 73, A Dooley (Athlone) 78 74, B Fennelly (Royal Dublin) 76 76, G Flynn (Delgany) 76 76, G Lenehan (Portmarnock) 76 76

153 G Nugent (Kilkenny) 81 72, J Toner (Woodbrook) 76 77, A Murphy (Newlands) 75 78, D Lally (Tuam) 74 79

154 R Williams (Baltinglass) 79 75, G Shaw (Mullingar) 77 77, J Ward (Tandragee) 77 77, S Dwyer (Newlands) 77 77, N Boyd (Donaghadee) 74 80 155 M Rowe (Athlone) 79 76, K Marron (Stockley Park) 78 77, P O'Brien (Lucan) 77 78, R Maher (Mullingar) 74 81

156 N Cullen (L'town & B'town) 75 81

157 S Grant (Birr) 81 76

158 T O'Neill (Rathsallagh) 77 81

159 B McSweeney (Woodbrook) 78 81, A Boyle (Hollystown) 75 84 160 D Coyne (Tuam) 82 78, S McDermott (Carlow) 78 82 161 R O'Reilly (Headfort) 82 79, A McCully (Banbridge) 82 79 162 M Reck (Lucan) 81 81 164 S Comer (Citywest) 78 86 166 B Quigley (Birr) 84 82

NR D Downey (Sutton) NR, B O'Riordan (Muskerry) NR

RTD B O'Riordan (Muskerry) - RT, J McNicholas (Ballyhaunis) 80 RT, D Downey (Sutton) - RT, S O'Flaherty (Hermitage) 76 RT

Draw

06:38 11:38 Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock) Gary Flynn (Delgany) 06:46 11:46 B Fennelly (Royal Dublin) Aidan Dooley (Athlone) Michael Lavelle (K Club)

06:54 11:54 Jason Somers (L'town & B'town) James Quinlivan (Mullingar) S McSweeney (Cork)

07:02 12:02 Russell Durnin (L'town & B'town) Patrick Higgans (Mullingar) Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge)

07:10 12:10 G Lawlor (Citywest) Cian McNamara (Limerick) Bernard O'Brien (Headfort)

07:18 12:18 David Houlihan (K Club) Brian O'Connor (Hermitage) Paul Buckley (Kanturk)

07:26 12:26 Alan Dowling (Hermitage) Aengus McAllister (Portmarnock) Dara Lernihan (Castle)

07:34 12:34 John McGinn (L'town & B'town) Alex McCloy (Ballymena) Rory McNamara (Headford)

07:42 12:42 James Fox (Portmarnock) David Scully (Galway) Shane Gannon (Co Louth)

07:50 12:50 Greg Carew (Edenderry) Kevin Metcalfe (Mullingar) Joe Lyons (Galway)

07:58 12:58 John Waldron (Muskerry) Gareth Shaw (Lurgan) Ger Hall (Edenderry)

08:06 13:06 Greg Bowden (Hermitage) Rory Leonard (Banbridge) Ciaran O'Connor (Athlone)

08:14 13:14 Shane Lowry (Esker Hills) Des Morgan (Mullingar) Jim Carvill (Warrenpoint)

08:22 13:22 Brendan Walton (The Island) Niall Turner (Muskerry) Eoin Arthurs (Forrest Little)

08:30 13:30 John Morris (Mullingar) Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye) Peter O'Keeffe (Douglas)

08:38 13:38 Gavin O'Connor (Malahide) Simon Ward (Co Louth) Cathal O'Malley (Westport)

08:46 13:46 Neil O Briain (Royal Dublin) Rory McIlroy (Holywood) Mark Campbell (Stackstown)

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CourtsGolfHeathrowPlace: StackstownPlace: southern SpainPlace: MullingarPlace: south of IrelandPlace: Co LouthPlace: DouglasPlace: The IslandPlace: WarrenpointPlace: Esker HillsPlace: AthlonePlace: BanbridgePlace: HermitagePlace: GalwayPlace: PortmarnockPlace: BallymenaPlace: L'town & B'townPlace: CastlePlace: KanturkPlace: K ClubPlace: LimerickPlace: CorkPlace: NewlandsPlace: BaltinglassPlace: Stockley ParkPlace: RathsallaghPlace: HollystownPerson: McIlroyPerson: Rory McIlroyPerson: Mark CampbellPerson: CampbellPerson: Michael BannonPerson: Neil ManchipPerson: LurganPerson: Gareth ShawPerson: Neil O BriainPerson: Cathal O’MalleyPerson: MalahidePerson: Gavin O'ConnorPerson: Simon WardPerson: NPerson: O BriainPerson: O'MalleyPerson: S WardPerson: G O'ConnorPerson: O'KeeffePerson: J CaldwellPerson: J MorrisPerson: MullingarPerson: ArthursPerson: Forrest LittlePerson: N TurnerPerson: MuskerryPerson: B WaltonPerson: J CarvillPerson: DPerson: S LowryPerson: C O'ConnorPerson: R LeonardPerson: G BowdenPerson: G HallPerson: G ShawPerson: J WaldronPerson: J LyonsPerson: K MetcalfePerson: G CarewPerson: S GannonPerson: D ScullyPerson: J FoxPerson: RPerson: McNamaraPerson: McCloyPerson: J McGinnPerson: D LernihanPerson: A DowlingPerson: BuckleyPerson: B O'ConnorPerson: D HoulihanPerson: B O'BrienPerson: C McNamaraPerson: G LawlorPerson: DurninPerson: J QuinlivanPerson: J SomersPerson: M LavellePerson: DooleyPerson: B FennellyPerson: G FlynnPerson: G LenehanPerson: J TonerPerson: A MurphyPerson: D LallyPerson: TuamPerson: R WilliamsPerson: J WardPerson: S DwyerPerson: N BoydPerson: M RowePerson: K MarronPerson: LucanPerson: N CullenPerson: T O'NeillPerson: McSweeneyPerson: CoynePerson: McDermottPerson: O'ReillyPerson: M ReckPerson: QuigleyPerson: BirrPerson: DowneyPerson: BPerson: O'RiordanPerson: J McNicholasPerson: BallyhaunisPerson: SuttonPerson: O'FlahertyPerson: Geoff LenehanEvent: Mullingar Scratch CupEvent: Mullingar Scratch TrophyOrganisation: Royal DublinOrganisation: WestportOrganisation: Owens GroupOrganisation: PortmarnockOrganisation: Kilkenny

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