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

ByCameron Hogwood

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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