Hotshot Irish trio get call-up to take on Europeans
Published 20/08/2014 | 02:30
Irish Triple Crown heroes Paul Dunne and Gary Hurley, both 21, feature on the Great Britain and Ireland team to meet the Continent of Europe in next week's St Andrews Trophy in Sweden.
Another member of the Irish squad that romped to victory at the Home Internationals, Gavin Moynihan, was earmarked for a place on the nine-man side but The Island's Walker Cup ace couldn't travel because of college commitments in Alabama.
Hermitage hotshot Rowan Lester (18), who powered through to last Sunday's final at the British Boys in Prestwick, features on the Jacques Leglise Trophy team, which also plays Europe in Barseback on Friday and Saturday week.
Greystones man Dunne, a star at Graeme McDowell's Alabama alma mater AUB, and West Waterford prospect Hurley, shining on a Paddy Harrington Scholarship at Maynooth, both sizzled this summer.
Olivia Mehaffey and Kevin LeBlanc both opened with one-over-par 73s in the Youth Olympics at Nanjing's Zhongshan International Golf Club.
The Island's British Junior Open champion LeBlanc (16) was 19th in the 32-strong field, seven behind leaders Marcus Kinhult of Sweden and Australia's Brett Coletta on a day illuminated by a hole-in-one from Canada's Tony Gil at the 164-yard third.
Royal Co Down starlet Mehaffey (16) shared 11th and was just four off the pace in the girls' event (also 54 holes).