Monday 23 January 2017

Hume heads Irish charge for European amateur title

Chris Smart

Published 07/08/2015 | 02:30

Jack Hume
Jack Hume

Naas star Jack Hume leads a powerful Irish challenge for top honours in the European Amateur Strokeplay Championship in Slovakia.

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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.

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