Rafferty gives himself a chance of qualification for The Open with bright start in Austria
Dundalk golfer Caolan Rafferty has given himself a real chance of qualifying for next month’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush.
The 26-year-old opened with a five-under 67 to share third place at the European Amateur Championship in Austria yesterday alongside Kilkenny’s Mark Power.
With the winner awarded a place in The Open, they’re just a shot behind Australia’s Blake Windred and New Zealander Daniel Hillier, who raced out of the blocks with six-under 66s at Diamond Country Club.
Rafferty tees off for the second round at 1.30pm this afternoon and you can follow his progress here.
On Monday Dundalk Grammar School student Dylan Keating also gave himself a chance of qualifying for The Open when he won a qualifying event at Baltray.
The 17-year-old now advances to the 36-hole final qualifying event at Fairmont St Andrews, St Annes Old Links, Prince’s and Notts Hollinwell next Tuesday.