Wednesday 28 September 2016

Moynihan joins pro ranks in bid to take on world's best

Published 15/09/2015 | 02:30

Gavin Moynihan formally began his professional career by joining Andrew ‘Chubby' Chandler’s International Sports Management agency yesterday
Gavin Moynihan formally began his professional career by joining Andrew ‘Chubby' Chandler’s International Sports Management agency yesterday

Walker Cup winner Gavin Moynihan formally began his professional career by joining Andrew 'Chubby' Chandler's International Sports Management agency yesterday.

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Moynihan thus ended a successful amateur career which culminated in Sunday's victory by Britain and Ireland over the USA at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

The Island star, who learned his golf at nearby Donabate GC, will make his professional debut in the Italian Open in Milan on Thursday, his 21st birthday.

By joining ISM, he links up with a team of Tour stars including Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen.

"It's a very exciting time for me and I just can't wait to get started in Italy," he said.

"I still have a lot of work ahead of me but I want to test myself against the best in the sport."

He bows out of the amateur ranks with an impressive pedigree which includes two Irish Amateur Open wins, and victories in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and the Scottish Open amateur championship.

The influence of Chandler and Clarke will help the fledgling professional get some tournament invitations in the coming months.

Miracle

It would be a minor miracle if Moynihan earned enough money to win his card, and he is scheduled to play the Q-School event at Ribagolfe, Lisbon, from September 29-October 2.

Gary Hurley (22) also turned pro and embarks on the first stage of European Tour qualifying school this week at The Roxburghe in Scotland.

Jack Hume will play Q-School as an amateur in the first instance before making any final decisions, but he and Hurley will play in the Challenge Tour's Volopa Irish Challenge at Mount Wolseley from October 8-11.

Paul Dunne and Hume begin their Q-School campaign in Austria next week at Golfclub Schloss Ebreichsdorf.

Meanwhile, three members of the Irish side which won the Bronze medal at the European Senior Women's Team Championship will play in the British Seniors Championship at Prestatyn, Wales today.

Irish Ladies Senior Close champion Gertie McMullen is joined by Sheena McElroy and Laura Webb in the three-day, 54-hole event.

The Irish men's Seniors team, winners of the European title in Bulgaria last month, compete in the Home Internationals at Crowborough Beacon GC.

Ireland took the Home International crown in 2013 but Scotland won it last year.

Irish Independent

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