Morrow the man to beat
Adrian Morrow is likely to be the man to beat in the Irish Seniors Amateur Championship which begins today at Clandeboye.
The Portmarnock veteran won the European Seniors Championship recently and is in top form. But he will not take anything for granted with the likes of former Amateur champion and past Walker Cup captain Garth McGimpsey in the field.
Fellow international Tom Cleary from Cork could also be a threat. Competitors play one round each day.
Meanwhile, Sheena McElroy made a blistering start at Bunclody yesterday to her bid to win a third consecutive Irish senior women's title.
The Grange veteran had a first-round bye and then wasted no time in disposing of Killarney's Mary Geaney 6&5. In the third round this morning she will face Bundoran's Eileen MacMullen, who yesterday had to go to the home green to get past Marilyn Henderson of Royal Belfast.
Pat Doran, last year's British Seniors Championship runner-up, fired a warning to McElroy as she eased past Catherine Kavanagh 3&2.
Strabane's Helen Jones trounced Marie Igoe 7&6. The defeat of former British seniors champion Valerie Hassett of Ennis was a shock. She went down 3&2 in round two to Niamh Giblin. Earlier Giblin had been taken to the last by Breda Farrell, while Hassett had accounted for Brid Naughton.