Injury forces Doran out
BANBRIDGE'S Conor Doran -- the 2009 winner -- is the only big-name absentee for the 72-hole Mullingar Grant Thornton Scratch Trophy which starts tomorrow.
Doran claimed this prestigious trophy two years ago after a sudden-death play-off with Paul Cutler, but will miss this weekend's golf due to a shoulder injury. His place has been taken by former West of Ireland champion Joe Lyons of Birr.
Paul Cutler of Portstewart and Alan Dunbar (Rathmore), recently named on the GB and Ireland Walker Cup team to play the USA at Royal Aberdeen next month, have confirmed their entry. Cutler, the reigning West of Ireland and Irish Close champion, will hope to go one better than 2009 in what is his last appearance at Mullingar as he intends turning professional after the Walker Cup.
Dunbar is weighing his options up as regards the pro game, but he and many of the top players would like to add this Trophy to their golfing CV.
Last year's winner Kelan McDonagh (Athlone/NUIM), recently crowned South of Ireland champion Stephen Walsh of Baltinglass/UCD and John Greene (Carlow/UCD) will also turn out after battling the searing heat at the World University Games golf event in China.
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