Housemate trio stake their claim
Published 19/08/2016 | 02:30
Housemates Richard Knightly, Jack Pierse and Geoff Lenehan are hoping to strike a blow for the working man as they battle the young amateur stars in the last 16 of the AIG Irish Amateur Close in Ballyliffin.
All three have day jobs but after fighting their way into the third round they showed they've got the games to frighten the big guns at the majestic Glashedy Links.
Pierse (25) has been in red-hot form, playing in the final group at both the East of Ireland and the Mullingar Scratch Cup.
And he was out in six under 29 as he beat Michael McCormick 8&7 in the morning, then made five birdies in the first 10 holes for a 2&1 win over Castlerock's Aaron Kearny in the afternoon.
Pierse could face Knightly in the semi-finals and after beating Cork's John Hickey on the 20th, the Royal Dublin man is hopeful that he can make a run title.
All eyes in the top half of the draw are on leading qualifier John-Ross Galbraith but in the bottom, Tramore's Robin Dawson will be gunning for revenge as he takes on fellow international Alex Gleeson.
Elsewhere, Jack Hume's bid for glory US Amateur Championship glory ended when he was beaten on the final hole by Bryson Nimmer.
On the US Tour, Graeme McDowell lies two under par in the first round of the Wyndham Championship, five shots behind early leaders Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Kevin Na. Shane Lowry is on even par.