Duddingston ace Gallagher starts well in Alps qualifying

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DUDDINGSTON’S John Gallagher was pleased to break par in his opening round in the Alps Tour Qualifying School Final on the Costa del Sol.

The former Scottish Amateur champion shot a one-under-par 71 on the tougher of the two courses being used at La Cala near Marbella yesterday.

It left him tied for 26th and Gallagher set out today on the other course, where Irishman Brian Casey began with a 65 to open up a two-shot lead.

“Seven-under is a great score but the America is the course where you could see a score like that,” said Gallagher. “Asia, where I played yesterday, is a little tighter and with more blind shots but I played really solid again.”

Starting on the tenth, the Capital star reeled off eight straight pars before dropping a shot at the 18th - his ninth hole.

North Berwick’s Neil Henderson opened with a 75 to sit joint-84th. It meant he needed to improve on that in the second round in order to survive tonight’s 36-hole cut and be involved in the final round.