Saturday 3 December 2016

Galbraith and Grehan fly Irish flag

Published 05/03/2016 | 02:30

'The pair are the last two Irishman left in the competition after four others bowed out yesterday' Stock photo: Getty
'The pair are the last two Irishman left in the competition after four others bowed out yesterday' Stock photo: Getty

Stuart Grehan and John-Ross Galbraith will go head-to-head in Seville this morning in an all-Irish quarter-final at the Spanish International Amateur Championship.

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The pair are the last two Irishman left in the competition after four others bowed out yesterday.

Grehan pulled off a stunning result in the morning as he dumped leading qualifier Owen Edwards out in the first match-play round. The Tullamore man, who had just squeezed inside the cut on countback, beat the Welshman 4&3.

He followed that up with a second round 2&1 victory over England's Bradley Moore.

Galbraith, who qualified with a shot to spare, secured a clash with Grehan by sending Spain's Sigot Lopez Ferrer packing 4&3, having earlier squeezed past Austrian Lukas Lipold on the 19th.

Colm Campbell and Dermot McElroy both bowed out the last 16 stage, with Conor O'Rourke and Jonathan Yates exiting in the first round.

In the Ladies' competition in Valencia, Mary Dunne - the only Irish player to qualify for the last 32 - bowed out at the first match-play round stage following a 3&2 defeat to French 16-year-old Pauline Roussin-Bouchard.

The Irish Nations Cup team of Dunne, Jessica Ross and Chloe Ryan finished 16th.

Irish Independent

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