Sunday 4 December 2016

Phelan set to realise his dream

Published 28/10/2010 | 05:00

Kevin Phelan fulfils a cherished dream when he lines out for Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy in Buenos Aires today.

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Phelan, who grew up in Waterford but is now at the University of North Florida, has enjoyed a fine season, with the undoubted highlight being his qualification for the US Open at Pebble Beach.

Phelan played for Ireland in August's home internationals at Ashburnham and said then that it would be a dream come true to play in the Eisenhower Trophy -- often described as the Olympic Games of Golf.

Also representing Ireland are Portstewart's Paul Cutler, winner in May of the Lytham Trophy and a quarter-finalist in the Amateur Championship, and Alan Dunbar of Rathmore.

Cutler, the highest-ranked Irish amateur in the world, represented Britain and Ireland against the Continent of Europe in the summer.

Dunbar lifted the Irish Amateur title and played in both the European Championships and the Home Internationals this year.

Ireland line up at the Olivos Club in today's opening round and play alongside Kenya and Chinese Taipei.

More than 70 countries are bidding for glory, with Scotland defending the title they won in Adelaide two years ago.

Birdies

Elsewhere, Colm Moriarty was in a 10-way tie for eighth place on two-under-par yesterday after landing two birdies in the final four holes of a first-round 69 at the San Domenico Challenge Tour Grand Final in Pulia, Italy.

Athlone man Moriarty was three off the pace set by Peter Gustafsson of Sweden, England's Steven Tiley and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger.

The only Irish player to make the 45-man field for the Grand Final, Moriarty needs to win this weekend to be certain of making it into the top-20 on the final Order of Merit -- and winning full playing credentials on the European Tour next season.

Waterford's Seamus Power boosted his prospects of a place in the second stage of US PGA Tour qualifying with a three-under-par 69 at Lantana Golf Club in Texas yesterday.

This sent Power through 36 holes in a tie for 19th on three-under. The first 23 and ties after tomorrow's fourth round qualify for Stage 2. Shawn Stefani took the lead on 14-under with a stunning 64.

Kerryman Mark Murphy's 72 yesterday left him 37th on one-under with, among others, Fergal Rafferty from Dungannon, who shot 71.

Muskerry's Niall Turner was back in 62nd on three-over after his second-round 72.

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