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Amateur stars head Down Under

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Published 17/01/2012 | 05:00

THE GUI has sent four top amateurs Down Under for three prestigious tournaments to be played in the coming weeks.

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Niall Gorey (Muskerry), Gary Hurley (West Waterford), Dermot McElroy (Ballymena) and Reeve Whitson of Mourne GC are in action today in the Australian Amateur championship at Huntingdale GC and Woodlands GC in Melbourne.

The tournament is 36 holes of stroke play with the top 32 qualifying for match play.

Also on the schedule is the the Lake Macquarie Amateur Championship at Belmont in Sydney from January 26-29, followed by the New South Wales Amateur championship, also in Sydney, starting on February 1.

Meanwhile, Ireland's Tara Delaney and Martina Gillen were well down the leaderboard after 36 holes of the Ladies European Tour Final Qualifying School at La Manga.

Delaney was on five-over-par after opening rounds of 75, 74, while Gillen was eight over after carding 74, 78.

Elsewhere, Johnson Wagner has jumped 106 places on the world rankings to 92nd with his two-shot victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Wagner picked up his third PGA Tour win with a final round of 67.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

NEW York quarterback Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes as the Giants shocked Green Bay on Sunday night, beating the Packers 37-20 to move within one win of a Super Bowl appearance.

Manning threw for 330 yards, sending the Giants to San Francisco for the NFC championship game on Sunday.

"We're a dangerous team," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "I like where we are and how we're playing."

The Giants stunned the reigning champions with a touchdown off a long heave from Manning to Hakeem Nicks just before half-time, then knocked them out with a late touchdown off a turnover.

Rugby

Glasgow Warriors prop Ed Kalman has been called into Scotland's Six Nations squad in place of injured clubmate Moray Low.

Kalman (29) is Glasgow's third-choice tighthead, but performed well in Sunday's 23-16 Heineken Cup loss to Leinster.

With Low out of the opening exchanges of the Six Nations with a knee injury and Mike Cusack currently absent with an ankle injury, Kalman has seized his opportunity to impress.

Now he has the chance to stake his claim for a place in the Scotland squad for the February 4 clash with England at Murrayfield.

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