McGimpsey rolls back the years in classy Irish display
Published 02/09/2010 | 05:00
Ireland cruised into the quarter-finals of the European Senior Men's Team Championship at Fairhaven in Lancashire as top seeds yesterday as they continued their quest for a third title in four years.
With five cards counting on each of the first two days Ireland posted a total of 736 -- six-over-par -- to finish 10 strokes ahead of England, with Germany third and Scotland fourth.
That means they face Switzerland today for a place in the semi-finals and on the evidence of the stroke-play scores, they should not have too many problems.
The legendary former Walker Cup captain and 1985 Amateur Champion Garth McGimpsey produced a fine performance returning a 73 with halves of 35 and 38.
His card was spoiled slightly by a double-bogey six on the 16th, but he did recover with a birdie three on the next.
The dependable Maurice Kelly of Kileen finished with three bogeys, but still managed a 73 with halves of 36 and 37, while Tipperary's former British Seniors Champion Arthur Pierse carded a 74, despite dropping three strokes in the last four holes.
Portmarnock's Adrian Morrow also posted a 74 with Ireland proving a class apart.
And Ireland's senior women were able to pat themselves on the back last night after reaching their quarter-finals at the Sporting Club in Berlin.
They improved by 22 strokes on their first round to tie with Scotland for sixth spot and they today meet France who qualified second just behind England.
Sheena McElroy of the Grange led the way with a 74, while Violet McBride had a 77.
- Rebecca Coakley's final round of 67 at the Finnair Masters last Sunday was a more rewarding finish than the previous week in East Lothian at the Ladies Scottish Open. There, with the trophy in her sights on the 15th, she carded a quadruple bogey followed by a triple bogey to finish in share of fourth place, three shots behind the winner, Virginie Lagoutte-Clement from France.
This week, Coakley will be looking for further improvement when she joins fellow Irish women Martina Gillen, who made the cut last week in Helsinki, Hazel Kavanagh and Tara Delaney in the UNIQA Ladies Open in Austria.