Tuesday 23 January 2018

Cutler eyes Euro boost

PAUL CUTLER will attempt to erase the memory of a few disappointing performances this season by gearing up for next week's Home Internationals with a stirring display in the European Amateur Championship, which begins this morning in Finland.

The Portstewart man is considered one of Ireland's most talented golfers -- he reached the quarter-finals of the Amateur Championship at Muirfield and would have been in the European team for the Bonallack Trophy match in India if the Icelandic ash cloud had not intervened.

However, he flopped in the Irish Close Championship and was not at his best in the European Team Championship last month either.

Also included in a strong Irish contingent for this 72-hole contest are Cian Curley, Alan Dunbar, Rory Leonard and National Champion Dara Lernihan.

Meanwhile, Ireland -- runners-up in the European Girls Team Championship -- will be hoping to go one better in the Home Internationals, which start today in Bangor.

Missing from the line-up are Leona and Lisa Maguire, who are playing in the AIB Irish Ladies Open, and Sarah Cunningham.

Ireland face England today, Wales tomorrow and Scotland on Friday.

Ireland girls -- J Carty (Holywood), A Courtney (St Annes), A Farrell (Moate), L Grant (Lisburn), P Grant (Lisburn), S Helly (Enniscrone), L McCarthy (Muskerry), L O'Driscoll (Ballybunion).

Irish Independent

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