Hurley ready to follow in footsteps of Rory by claiming European crown
Another stunning seven-under-par 65 from Gary Hurley means he leads the field heading into this morning's fourth and final round of the European Amateur Championship at Penati in Slovakia.
The West Waterford star, who last year finished tied for second place, is on course to leave with yet another medal. Victory today would see him become the first Irishman to win the event since four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy did so back in 2006.
Having also carded 65 for his second round, Hurley began where he left off with birdies on the first and fifth holes, before rattling off another five birdies in six holes straight after the turn.
He then bogeyed the 16th but finished in style with another birdie on 18 to leave him on a 54-hole aggregate of 198 - 18-under par - and sets him up nicely going into today's final round, leading Sweden's Marcus Kinhult by one stroke.
Hurley wasn't the only Irishman making waves yesterday as Walker Cup star Gavin Moynihan of The Island shot a five-under 67 to put himself right back into contention and he is four strokes back on 14-under par after a round that included six birdies and bogey.
Faithlegg's Robin Dawson is 13-under par - as is Jack Hume (Naas) who, having started the day just one shot back, ended it five behind after carding a 71.
Greystones' Paul Dunne, 10-under, and Ardglass' Brabazon Trophy winner Cormac Sharvin, two-under, will also be looking to finish strongly.
England's Ashley Chesters - the double defending champion - is seven strokes off the lead on 11-under par.