Stone Irish Challenge R2

Emilio ahead at Headfort

October 10-13
Headfort Golf Club, Kells, Ireland
€200,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Emilio Cuartero Blanco credits a change in attitude for the resurgent form which has earned him the halfway lead at the Stone Irish Challenge.

Stone Irish Challenge R2 - Emilio Cuartero Blanco credits a change in attitude for the resurgent form which has earned him the halfway lead
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The Spaniard, who birdied half of the holes on the difficult Headfort New layout in his opening round, carded seven birdies on day two to post rounds of 67-68 and take a one shot lead on nine under par.

“I have had a new attitude since my best friend Alex started caddying for me,” he said. “With him on the bag, if we miss a shot, we just laugh about it and if I hit a great shot, it’s like ‘Merry Christmas!’

“The first week he caddied for me was in Belgium at the KPMG Trophy and that was the first cut I made in 12 weeks, and we’ve been having success ever since.”


It is a strong start for the 28-year-old who currently occupies the 100th position on the Road to Mallorca Rankings and is in need of a win in Ireland if he is to qualify for the three remaining limited-field events this season.

“If I keep that same attitude, by the end of the week, the score won’t be something I’ll be thinking about because I’ll be having fun, and I’ll be playing golf this weekend,” he said.

“But more than the score, the biggest thing is how happy I am. It feels like it doesn’t matter what happens, I’ve just got a good attitude and it’s all good.”

Leading the chasing pack is two-time Challenge Tour winner Oscar Lengden, who sits on eight under par after opening rounds of 68-67. The Swede is in 51st on the Road to Mallorca Rankings, and will look to collect a late-season victory that would place him firmly in the mix for a European Tour card.

Tied for third on seven under par are Irishman Gavin Moynihan, who is playing on the European Tour this year, Icelander Gudmundur Kristjansson, who has recently joined the Challenge Tour after picking up his third win of the season on the satellite-tour Nordic League, and Canadian Aaron Cockerill.

Moynihan currently leads the race for the Christy O’Connor Jnr Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the low-Irishman at the Stone Irish Challenge, but he is closely trailed by Cormac Sharvin, the highest ranked player on the Road to Mallorca in the field. Sharvin sits in a share of sixth place on six under par alongside Scotland’s Bradley Neil and Dutchman Daan Huizing.


A total of 63 players survived the 36-hole cut, which fell on two over par. Thick rough and difficult conditions have added to the challenging set-up at Headfort New as the course showed its teeth again in the second round.

Day three at the Stone Irish Challenge is set to begin at 9:00 am local time with the leading group of Cuartero Blanco, Lengden and Moynihan set to go at 10:50 am.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
-9
67
68
2
LENGDEN, Oscar
-8
69
67
3
KRISTJANSSON, Gudmundur
-7
70
67
COCKERILL, Aaron
-7
67
70
MOYNIHAN, Gavin
-7
70
67
6
HUIZING, Daan
-6
67
71
NEIL, Bradley
-6
68
70
SHARVIN, Cormac
-6
69
69
9
PERRIER, Damien
-5
70
69
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
-5
68
71
9
ORRIN, Max
-5
71
68
STUREHED, Henric
-5
72
67
CLEMENTS, Todd
-5
72
67
MURRAY, Tom
-5
71
68
15
BERARDO, Clément
-3
69
72
HILLIER, Daniel
-3
70
71
CANTER, Laurie
-3
67
74
WRISDALE, Jordan
-3
74
67
THOMSON, Jonathan
-3
70
71
GROS, Sébastien
-3
70
71
21
O’ROURKE, Conor
-2
72
70
STARK, Oscar
-2
68
74
YOUNG, Mark
-2
70
72
HOWIE, Craig
-2
69
73
VAN DRIEL, Darius
-2
72
70
21
MANSELL, Richard
-2
71
71
KIM, Minkyu
-2
73
69
EVANS, Ryan
-2
71
71
GALBRAITH, JR
-2
71
71
YATES, Jonathan
-2
70
72
MCCARTHY, Nick
-2
71
71
32
DUBOIS, Edouard
-1
74
69
COUPLAND, Dave
-1
72
71
CARLSSON, Magnus A
-1
71
72
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
-1
74
69
HELLIGKILDE, Marcus
-1
70
73
SCHMIDT, Ben(AM)
-1
70
73
38
EDBERG, Pelle
PAR
73
71
ROSS, Craig
PAR
71
73
CALDWELL, Jonathan
PAR
74
70
BOOTE, David
PAR
72
72
HUNDEBØLL, Oliver
PAR
69
75
FORD, Matt
PAR
69
75
MIVIS, Christopher
PAR
71
73
CAREY, David
PAR
72
72
HOEY, Michael
PAR
69
75
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
PAR
72
72
JOUVEN, Richard
PAR
70
74
49
SPOONER, Billy
+1
71
74
JOHN, Allen
+1
71
74
51
LASKEY, Mark
+2
77
69
ARMITAGE, Marcus
+2
73
73
MCELROY, Dermot
+2
72
74
DEAN, Joe
+2
72
74
DINWIDDIE, Robert
+2
71
75
MATUS, Stanislav
+2
75
71
GREHAN, Stuart
+2
73
73
BRAEUNIG, Christian
+2
72
74
OLSEN, Aksel
+2
72
74
BAEK, Peter Launer
+2
76
70
FORD, Charlie
+2
74
72
GRADECKI, Mateusz
+2
74
72
ROBB, Chris
+2
73
73
CUT
64
TREE, Toby
+3
76
71
147
McGOWAN, Ross
+3
74
73
147
DAWSON, Robin
+3
74
73
147
KARLBERG, Rikard
+3
71
76
147
RUSCH, Benjamin
+3
75
72
147
MADDY, Paul
+3
76
71
147
GEARY, Josh
+3
71
76
147
ITEN, Marco
+3
76
71
147
HANSON, Chris
+3
72
75
147
MCBRIDE, Paul
+3
78
69
147
MEJOW, Philipp
+3
77
70
147
MAZZOLI, Stefano
+3
68
79
147
PICANSO, Matt
+3
72
75
147
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
+3
72
75
147
78
KORINEK, Ales
+4
75
73
148
MAURER, Jürgen
+4
73
75
148
TINNING, Nicolai
+4
72
76
148
LAWSON, Deyen
+4
68
80
148
STEWART, Duncan
+4
72
76
148
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
+4
74
74
148
RIU, Victor
+4
79
69
148
GARCIA-HEREDIA, Alfredo
+4
72
76
148
86
ERIKSSON, Martin
+5
79
70
149
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
+5
73
76
149
MRUZEK, Filip
+5
78
71
149
QUESNE, Julien
+5
74
75
149
NYLAND, Kasper(AM)
+5
74
75
149
STAL, Gary
+5
74
75
149
YOUNG, Daniel
+5
74
75
149
93
VAN WEST, Robbie
+6
75
75
150
AHOKAS, Antti
+6
74
76
150
ENEFER, Will
+6
78
72
150
COHEN-BOYER, Louis
+6
75
75
150
JOANNES, Hugues
+6
77
73
150
NEMECZ, Lukas
+6
74
76
150
CAFOUREK, Jan
+6
79
71
150
100
KNAPPE, Alexander
+7
79
72
151
MCNAMARA, Rory
+7
74
77
151
BORDA, David
+7
72
79
151
KUNZENBACHER, Julian
+7
78
73
151
LINARD, Thomas
+7
75
76
151
SARACINO, Andrea
+7
79
72
151
106
ABBOTT, Jamie
+8
74
78
152
WAUGH, Clancy
+8
78
74
152
HENRY, Scott
+8
74
78
152
109
LIPOLD, Lukas
+9
78
75
153
KÖLBING, Jonas
+9
75
78
153
BALTL, Timon
+9
77
76
153
112
WITTMANN, Sebastian
+10
80
74
154
113
BERNA MANZANARES, Daniel
+11
78
77
155
FERNANDEZ, Scott
+11
73
82
155
GLENNEMO, Jacob
+11
79
76
155
116
CEA, Michele
+12
79
77
156
117
MOHR, Marcus
+13
80
77
157
118
VIRTO, Borja
+14
80
78
158
LOPES, Vitor
+14
79
79
158
W/D
O’BRIAIN, Neil
72
72