McElroy out of title defence
Published 02/08/2011 | 05:00
Ireland's boys team will attempt to continue the amazing run of success of the nation's golfers when they open their defence of the R&A Trophy today.
The event takes place over the magnificent Royal St David's links at Harlech in North Wales.
Ireland begin the Home International series against last season's wooden spoonists Wales in the round-robin contest, while Scotland, runners-up a year ago, clash with England.
Ireland will be without their top player Dermot McElroy, who is in Sweden preparing for the start of the European Amateur Individual Championship at Halmstad tomorrow.
But in Alex Gleeson, Jack Hume and Gary Hurley, they do have three players from last year's win at Southernness in Scotland.
Ireland have won the trophy twice in the last three years, being victorious in 2008 as well as 12 months ago.
Liam Martin is again the non-playing captain and he is cautiously optimistic that they can again deliver the goods, despite finishing a disappointing sixth in the European Team Championships in the Czech Republic last month.
Ireland -- E Craddock (Gort), K Cummings (Elm Park), J Galbraith (Whitehead), A Gleeson (Castle), C Glynn (Carton House), J Hume (Rathsallagh), G Hurley (West Waterford), J Leacy (Dungarvan), K Lynch (Skibbereen), G Moynihan (The Island), W Russell (Clandeboye). Non-Playing captain: L Martin (Castletroy).