Hume heads Irish charge for European amateur title
Naas star Jack Hume leads a powerful Irish challenge for top honours in the European Amateur Strokeplay Championship in Slovakia.
Hume is tied for second place, one shot behind the leader, Jamie Bower of England, after he carded a second-round 67 for a 12-under-par total at Penati GC. Gary Hurley is just a shot adrift of Hume on 11-under in a tie for sixth place following his flawless 65, which included an eagle and five birdies.
Faithlegg's Robin Dawson is also well in the hunt on 10-under, having shot a fine 69 to go with his first-round 65. Gavin Moynihan made strong headway yesterday, matching Hurley's 65, and is just outside the top 20 on nine-under.
St Andrews hero Paul Dunne (69, 67) is back on eight-under, while Dermot McElroy (72, 69), Cormac Sharvin (74, 69) and Alex Gleeson (71, 72) are down the field.
Elsewhere, Ireland face a showdown with holders England at Lanark in Scotland today as they bid to dethrone the reigning champions and win their maiden Girls' Home International title.
Following on from their opening 6-3 win over the hosts, the Irish cruised to a 7-2 victory over Wales.
Should Ireland beat England today, it would halt a run of seven straight successes for the reigning champions.
Yesterday, Ireland led Wales 2-1 after the foursomes with Olivia Mehaffey maintaining her 100pc record through a third session of play, partnering debutant Lisa O'Shea to a 3&2 foursomes win.
The pairing of Annabel Wilson and Mairead Martin secured the advantage for Ireland heading into the singles with a two-hole victory.
Ireland then dominated in the singles to clinch a comfortable victory as Mehaffey, Ciara Casey, Elisa Corcoran, Niamh McSherry and Julie McCarthy all enjoyed success.
Elsewhere, Ireland rounded off an overall disappointing Boys' Home International campaign with a 9-6 victory over hosts Wales at Conwy - while Scotland lifted the R&A Trophy for the first time since 2006.