Phelan to link up with Mount Juliet
WATERFORD star Kevin Phelan, the European Tour rookie who achieved his first top-10 finish last weekend, has been named as the attached professional at Mount Juliet.
Phelan (23) will carry the Kilkenny resort's logo on his golf bag and it's a perfect fit for the recent Q-School graduate.
Born in New York, Phelan spent his boyhood in Waterford before moving to St Augustine, North Florida, at age 13, where he completed his High School and College education.
"I'm delighted to become the attached tour professional for Ireland's premier parkland course," said Phelan, who tied sixth at last week's Tshwane Open in South Africa. "The facilities are world-class and it is an honour to be associated with a venue that has hosted many prestigious tournaments."
"This is very exciting," said Anthony Brady, the resort's director of sales and marketing. "Kevin holds the values we appreciate – he is a talented golfer, but also a gentleman. We hope Mount Juliet becomes a home away from home for him."
Phelan has enjoyed a memorable 12 months, splendidly making the cut in June's US Open at Merion while still an amateur before winning two points out of three at the Walker Cup.
HUME HITS FORM IN FAST START FOR IRISH
Ireland got off to a positive start in the European Nations Cup in Sotogrande, writes CHRIS SMART.
At the end of the opening round the Irish were tied for fourth place out of the 17 competing nations but were just four strokes off the pace.
Jack Hume, the 20-year-old from Naas, led the way for Ireland with a one-over-par 73.
West Waterford's Gary Hurley and Cormac Sharvin of Ardglass were both just behind Hume with scores of 74 but Dermot McElroy slumped to a 79, which was the discounted card.
Ireland's first-round aggregate was 221 with Italy leading on 217, three clear of France and Holland.
England are in joint 10th place entering round two.
In the women's competition, in which Ireland are not competing, England head the field, one stroke clear of Spain.