Daniel Woods (24) was the leading qualifier for the matchplay stages of the 2023 Gold Medal competition after shooting a 69 nett in qualifying. He took the accolade on countback from Conor Curran (2) and will now face Senior Panel member Ciaran Johnstone in the first round.
Woods had five pars during his round at the seventh, eighth, 12th, 14th and 18th while Curran had five birides at the first, sixth, seventh, 10th and 11th.
They finished one shot ahead of four players – Neal MacKell, Chris Clarke, Dermot McKenna and Connor McCaughey – who finished on 70.
The cut line fell at 76 (39/25) and the 64 qualifiers now face a summer of matchplay to determine this year’s champion.
Gold Medal 2023 First Round Draw - Daniel Woods v Ciaran Johnston, Conor Curran v Edward Rogers, Neal Mackell v Desmond McKeown, Christopher Clarke v Gearoid O'Conluain, Dermot McKenna v Mark Gorham, Connor McCaughey v Christy Ward, Bernard R White v David McDonnell, Ciaran Traynor v Aidan Thornton, Cathal O'Neill v Ciaran Daly, Mark Browne v Brendan Keane, Declan Muckian v Colm Coburn, Conor McClenaghan v Gerard Brennan, Dave Dorr v Richard Newell, Kevin Redmond v Peter Durnin, Mark Cumiskey v Stephen English, Conor Murray v Edward Lawrence, Ben Cahill v Patrick Purton, Niall McCaul v Terry Conlon, Conor Martin v Anthony McCrave, Pat O'Hanlon v Gerry Campbell, Derek Teather v Joseph Laverty, Ultan Gaughran v Christopher McGeady, Tommy Renaghan v Fergus O'Callaghan, Patrick Cole v Fearghal Duffy, Patrick G Reilly v Padraig Hassett, Billy Cairns v Laurence O'Hanlon, Derek Murdock v Cormac Malone, Graham Purcell v Carl Stewart, Peter Rogers v Gerry McDermott, Senan Duffy v Craig Colgan, Brian Og Renaghan v Gregory McCaughey, Niall Boyle v Cathal Purcell.
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