John Gallagher passes first test as he looks to Alps

John Gallagher

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CAPITAL golfer John Gallagher is hoping his injury nightmare is over after passing the first test in his bid to be back playing on the Alps Tour next season.

The Duddingston-based player finished second in one of three stage-one qualifiers at the La Cala Resort in southern Spain.

Leading after a three-under-par 69 in the opening round, Gallagher was pipped for top spot by Frenchman Lambert Cochet after he followed that up with a 77.

However, the former Scottish Amateur champion comfortably made it through to the 54-hole final starting at the same venue on Monday.

“At two-under after 10 holes, I was going well but then had a real tough spell from 11 to 17; a few bad shots and some tough weather,” said Gallagher of running up three double-bogeys.

“I birdied the last which made things a little better and now it’s on to next week, where I will need to be sharper to gain a full card.

“There’s been loads of decent stuff, but I have a couple of days to work on a few things.”

Gallagher held a full card for the third-tier circuit two years ago but was then struck with tennis elbow in 2014.

“I tried to play through it but, after two steriod injections, I had to have an operation which kept me away from the game for seven-and-half months,” he added.

“That was tough and this year I have played only three events on the Alps Tour.”