Hurley out to 'make a statement' in Lytham Trophy
Gary Hurley will strike the first ball at the Lytham Trophy this morning.
The West Waterford star, No 33 in the World amateur rankings, will be looking to get the season off to a flyer .
"This is a really big tournament especially in Walker Cup year and it is important to make a statement," said the Padraig Harrington scholar at NUI Maynooth.
Gavin Moynihan is in the last group out, while Ballymena's Dermot McElroy and Jack Hume of Naas will also be keen to make an impression.
Also in the line-up are Warrenpoint's Colm Campbell, Geoff Lenehan of Portmarnock, John Ross Galbraith of Whitehead and Eugene Smith from Ardee.
Meanwhile, Olivia Mehaffey sets out in an attempt to complete a quick-fire treble today when she lines up in the Welsh Open Ladies stroke-play championship at Southerndown links. The Royal County Down teenage wonder recorded her third consecutive Irish Girls title sand then last weekend won the Helen Holm Scottish Ladies Open stroke-play at Troon.
She is one of the frontrunners this week, with her biggest dangers being Welsh internationals Chloe Williams and Becky Harries.
Maria Dunne and Chloe Ryan form the Irish side for the team competition.