Sunday 25 September 2016

Irish five spearhead GB&I challenge

Published 12/09/2015 | 02:30

Cormac Sharvin chips during a practice round prior to the 2015 Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St. Annes yesterday
Cormac Sharvin chips during a practice round prior to the 2015 Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St. Annes yesterday

Ireland's Big Five have been selected for duty in the opening salvo of the 45th Walker Cup match against the USA at Royal Lytham & St Anne's today.

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Paul Dunne (Greystones), Gavin Moynihan (The Island), Gary Hurley of West Waterford, Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass) and Jack Hume (Naas) all play in the morning foursomes of the two-day match.

Nigel Edwards, the captain of GB & Ireland, has also tasked Dunne, Moynihan, Hurley and Hume for the afternoon singles as he seeks early leverage in the bid to regain the Cup which his team last won in 2011.

"These Irish lads have been together for some time now, playing boys' and men's golf for the last four or five years. One drags another along, don't they?" Edwards said.

This is a record number of Irish players on a Walker Cup team since the biennial competition began 93 years ago.

The challenge is formidable against a USA side which includes Jordan Niebrugge, winner of the Silver Medal awarded to amateurs at the British Open, and US Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau.

England's two-time European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters and his compatriot Jimmy Mullen are first out this morning, and they will face Maverick McNealy and Hunter Stewart.

Dunne, who reached the quarter-finals of the US Amateur, and Hurley play in the second foursomes against Beau Hossler and Denny McCarthy.

Sharvin partners Jack McDonald of Scotland against Niebrugge and Robby Shelton, while Hume and Moynihan team up for a tussle with Lee McCoy, 21, and Mike McCoy, 52, who are not related.

Eight singles matches will be played in the afternoon.

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