Peter Lawrie kept alive hopes of regaining his Tour card after a bizarre start to his Porsche European Open campaign at Bad Griesbach in Germany.
Lawrie arrived at the Bavarian event on Tuesday purposely without his golf clubs to simply attend a Players Committee meeting later that day, and after having been also turned down just prior to leaving Ireland by sponsor’s Porsche for an invitation.
In reaching continental Europe’s biggest golfing complex Lawrie secured the last entry off his current Tour ranking.
After some lengthy practice sessions with a complete new set of clubs under the guidance of coach Jamie Gough and using ‘Trackman’, Lawrie stepped out to pick off five birdies, including two of his closing three holes, in a two under par 69.
“I was only coming to Germany to honour my duty as a member of the Players Committee but when the Tour asked for an invitation for me the sponsor’s declined,” he said.
“So I only packed an overnight bag and had left my house as eighth reserve but after a two hour bus journey from Munich I was first reserve and I was phoned again to say I was in.
“I tried to get my golf bag sent by FedEx from home but was informed it would not arrive to Friday afternoon so thankfully the equipment guys here in Germany were great in arranging a complete set of new clubs along with bag, balls and gloves.
“So rather than fly home to get my own clubs I just settled in with the new clubs and delighted to shoot a 69.”
Lawrie is 111th on the Race to Dubai, one spot outside of regaining full 2016 membership. With no guarantee of a start in any of the last four events ahead of the Final Four Series, all his eggs are seemingly in this week’s basket.
Graeme McDowell was four under par after just six holes and then five under with two to play when he posted a double bogey at his penultimate hole on route to a three under par 68.
Meanwhile, Susan Curtin was the heroine for Mallow when she buried a 12-foot birdie putt on 18th to clinch a 2-1 win over favourites Lurgan and a showdown with Castle in today’s final of the AiG Insurance Ladies Senior Foursomes at Knightsbrook Hotel and Golf Resort.
Set up by Catherine Roche’s sublime tee shot, her birdie two gave Mallow a one-hole victory over Maeve Cummins and Christine Hagan on the closing par three in the decisive match
The Munster champions beat the title favourites 2-1 in a thrilling semi-final that went down to the wire as Castle enjoyed a stress-free, 2.5-0.5 victory over Enniscorthy in the other semi.
Earlier, Lurgan’s Irish international Annabel Wilson had partnered Sheena McStay to a 2&1 victory over Ber Clarson and Carmel Kearney in the top match.
Mallow hit back when Mary Dowling and Marie O’Sullivan clinched a vital one-up win over plus-one handicap international Niamh McSherry and 15 handicapper Orla O’Dowd. The tie hinged on the final game and it was Mallow who emerged victorious when Curtin and Roche combined for that birdie on the last.
Lee Valley made it to the Intermediate Cup final with a 3-2 win over Shandon Park as Vanessa Fitzgerald, who is originally from Malaysia, won the top match on the 22nd hole after a titanic tussle with Paula McAtamney.
The K Club overcame Mullingar in the first semi-final 3.5 to 1.5 to now face Portumna who had a convincing win over Ulster Champions Donaghadee.
Late in the day, East Cork beat Sligo in the Challenge Cup quarter-final as Powerscourt beat Castlecomer in the Junior Foursomes quarter-final.
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