LOCAL golf sensation Gavin Moynihan will be lining out for Great Britain and Ireland at Portmarnock Golf Club this weekend as the famous links track hosts the 29th staging of the prestigious St Andrews Trophy for men and the 45th annual Jacques Léglise Trophy for boys on Friday and Saturday respectively.
With the top amateur golfers from Great Britain and Ireland set to battle it out against the continent of Europe, Island member Moynihan will represent the GB&I team in the boys event - one of only two Irish men in the nine-strong squad. Both matches are long established and distinct Amateur International events first played for in 1956 and 1958 respectively.
Many of today's leading professionals took part in these matches in their amateur days with GB&I represented by Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington. Europe has called on Ryder Cup captain, Jose Maria Olazabal, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari in previous years. Portmarnock GC has hosted the matches once before way back in 1968 and captain Matthew Walsh insists everyone at the club is excited to be staging it again.
'Portmarnock Golf Club is honoured to be hosting such a renowned event. These matches offer a wonderful opportunity to walk the fairways with, and study close up, the finest amateur golfers in the world who will undoubtedly will be future stars in the professional game. Portmarnock Golf Club has a strong tradition of staging major golfing events and it is important that we continue this fine tradition.' Entry to both events is free of charge.