Conor O'Rourke finishes First at West of Ireland Open Qualifying
Conor O'Rourke during first day play <br>(Golfing Union of Ireland Photo)
Conor O'Rourke during first day play
(Golfing Union of Ireland Photo)

COUNTY SLIGO, Ireland (April 15, 2017) - Despite shooting a 3-over 74 on the second day of stroke play qualifying at the West of Ireland Open Amateur Conor O'Rourke was able to finish atop the standings.

O'Rourke finished qualifying 2-under and as the winner by a shot over two players tied for second at 1-under.

On a cold first day at County Sligo Golf Club O'Rourke opened with a flawless front nine 5-under 31 as he carded birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 5, 7 and 8.

Heading for home O'Rourke birdied twice and bogeyed twice.

In the second round O'Rourke got off to a slow start and he was 5-over through 11 holes before battling back down the stretch with 12th, 14th and 18th hole birdies.

Jonathan Yates and William Russell tied for second at 1-under, Andrew Hickey was even-par in fourth while John-Ross Galbraith placed fifth at 1-over.

Results: West of Ireland Open Amateur
WinIrelandBarry AndersonIreland400
Runner-upIrelandJack PierseIreland300
SemifinalsNorthern IrelandWilliam SmallNorthern Ireland200
SemifinalsIrelandJake WhelanIreland200
QuarterfinalsIrelandRobert BrazillIreland100

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ABOUT THE West of Ireland Open Amateur

From 1923 through 2018, the West of Ireland was a match play tournament but the format was switched to 72 holes of stroke play in 2019. Originally held in July, it was moved to coincide with Easter but now it is played in early April to open the Irish competitive calendar each year.

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