Saturday 16 December 2017

Cutler gets St Andrews nod

Irish international Paul Cutler was last night named in the nine-man Britain and Ireland side bidding for a sixth consecutive St Andrews Trophy victory later this month, WRITES CHRIS SMART.

The 21-year-old Portstewart star won the prestigious Lytham Trophy in May and reached the quarter-finals of the Amateur Championship at Muirfield, but has had a somewhat disappointing season by his own high standards.

Cutler, currently No 10 in the World Amateur rankings, represented Ireland in the Home Internationals last week collecting two points out of a possible three in the singles.

He is the only Irishman in the side to take on Continental Europe at Castelconturbia, Milan, on August 27 and 28.

Meanwhile, Paul Dunne and Dermot McElroy -- who played a starring role in Ireland's Boys Home International victory a fortnight ago -- are included in the Britain and Ireland side for the Jacques Leglise Trophy junior match that runs concurrently with the St Andrews Trophy contest at the same venue.

Dunne was a member of the winning team at Ganton last year but McElroy is a newcomer. Jeff Hopkins, a semi-finalist in the Boys Championship is unlucky not to be selected.

Irish Independent

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