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Prince's Golf Club's Francis McGuirk reaches final Open qualifying

Prince's Golf Club's Francis McGuirk will hope to reach this year's Open when he plays final qualifying next Tuesday.

McGuirk shot a two-under-par 70 during Monday's regional qualifier at West Lancashire to finish joint-seventh to book his place in the next stage.

He previously played in the Open Championship in 2011, finishing 13-over with an overall score of 153

Rochester & Cobham's Jack Colegate. Picture: Paul Amos
Rochester & Cobham's Jack Colegate. Picture: Paul Amos

Four other Kent-based players also made it through regional qualifying.

Rochester & Cobham Park's Jack Colegate - who went agonisingly close in final qualifying last summer - secured his place at final qualifying when he fired a four-under-par 68 to finish joint-fifth at Burhill.

Chislehurst amateur Liam Burns progressed with a four-under-par 68 to finish joint-third at Wildernesse, where Chestfield's Warren Bennett also advanced with a three-under-par 69 for tied sixth.

Zak Morgan, also of Rochester & Cobham Park, just made the cut at joint-12th after producing a one-under-par 71 at Frilford Heath.

On the same course, Mid Kent's Barney Foreman missed out on qualification by one shot after a par round of 72.

McGuirk could have home advantage on his side next week as Prince's is one of four host venues for final qualifying.

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