Sharvin heads Irish hopefuls eager to book Walker Cup spots
Cormac Sharvin has almost certainly done enough already to secure his place in the Walker Cup team, but he is aiming to put the icing on the cake at the Amateur Championship in Scotland this week.
The Ardglass star, who has figured prominently in the Lytham Trophy and the Welsh and Scottish Open stroke-play Championships as well as the St Andrews Links Trophy, is part of a strong Irish contingent tackling the Carnoustie and Panmure courses.
One leading Irish golfer missing is West Waterford's Gary Hurley, who will be engaged in the Palmer Trophy Transatlantic Universities clash.
Ireland could have as many as six players in the Walker Cup side for the clash with the Americans at Royal Lytham and St Annes in September, and their displays this week will have a significant bearing on the make-up of the side.
Gavin Moynihan, already a Walker Cup player, is one of those hoping to cement his place, while Jack Hume, Paul Dunne, Dermot McElroy and John-Ross Galbraith will be determined to make an impact.
Double European Champion Ashley Chesters, Marco Penge and Jimmy Mullen will be among the British favourites in a 288-man line-up comprising players from 30 countries.
Competitors play one round today and another 18 holes tomorrow as they alternate between Carnoustie and Panmure and then the leading 64 and ties qualify for match-play ending in the 36-hole final on Saturday.
The Champion is guaranteed a place in the Open at St Andrews, next year's US Open and almost certainly in the Masters.