Friday 23 June 2017

Grehan shines as GB&I fight back in style to retain Trophy

Naas star Jack Hume was also in top form as he and David Boote claimed a one-hole victory in their game. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Naas star Jack Hume was also in top form as he and David Boote claimed a one-hole victory in their game. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Ian Mitchelmore

Stuart Grehan starred for Great Britain & Ireland who retained the St Andrews Trophy after producing a sensational fightback to draw 12.5-12.5 against the Continent of Europe in Kent.

The hosts trailed 8-4 at the midway point but conjured up a string of top performances at the Prince's club to level - with a draw enough for them to keep the title.

Maynooth University man Grehan teamed up with Scott Gregory to earn an emphatic 5&4 success in their foursomes clash.

Naas star Jack Hume was also in top form as he and David Boote claimed a one-hole victory in their game - with the hosts winning the foursomes session 3.5-0.5.

Grehan, who struck an eagle at the par-five second hole, led from start to finish in his singles match, winning 4&3. Walker Cup hero Hume found the going tougher as he slipped to a one-hole loss.

But wins for Gregory, Alfie Plant and Boote along with halves from Robert MacIntyre and Connor Syme saw the hosts fight back to retain their title.

Impressive

Elsewhere, Olivia Mehaffey is tied 26th on one-under-par at the halfway stage of the European Ladies' Amateur Championship in Sweden.

Clandeboye's Jessica Ross carded an impressive one-under-par total of 71 that included three birdies to have a share of 42nd place at the end of the second day.

Chloe Ryan (Castletroy) remains in with a shout of making the cut after posting a 72, but Lisa Maguire, the 2011 winner, is out of contention after an 81.

Mark Power has a share of the lead after a three-under-par 69 on day one of the European Young Masters at Switzerland's Domaine Imperial club. John Brady is tied 28th on six-over.

Meanwhile, American Woody Austin carded a four-under-par 68 to lead the British Seniors Open at Carnoustie by a shot.

Brendan McGovern is best of the Irish after a 71. Three successive front-nine birdies gave the Headfort pro the ideal start but he carded two bogeys on the tougher homeward stretch.

Amateur Jim Carvill fired a level-par 72, while Ronan Rafferty and Eamonn Darcy both shot two-over 74s.

Philip Walton (76), Peter O'Hagan (77) and Des Smyth (80) have plenty of work to do today.

Elsewhere, American Luke List is the early clubhouse leader in the Canadian Open after a six-under-par 66 at Glen Abbey in Ontario.

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