Sunday 21 January 2018

Gales don't faze Sinclair in West tilt

Mark Wehrly

Knock's Michael Sinclair calmly progressed into the semi-final of the West of Ireland championship in Rosses Point amid near gales and nightmare conditions at the Sligo venue yesterday evening.

A virtuoso front nine from the Ulster man, in which he reached the turn an approximate one under against his quarter-final opponent, Forrest Little's Eoin Arthurs, gave Sinclair the perfect platform for a 6&4 victory.

"It's absolutely horrendous out there," said Sinclair afterwards. "You just need to accept that you're going to make mistakes, so you need to try not to do anything too stupid. I played very solid this morning," he said after his third-round victory over Grange's Michael McGinley. "The weather wouldn't really worry me -- if you know you're going to make mistakes and be patient, that's really all you can do."

That attitude was essential for his semi-final opponent, Eddie McCormack, who also progressed through the storm, beating Baltray's Gareth Bohill 3&2, and Galgorm Castle's David Kernohan by 4&3.

"Your thought process just goes out the window on a day like that. Normally I wouldn't be that patient but my wife had a baby recently and that has calmed me down a bit. Whether you have a bad day on the golf course or at work, you come home a hero."

Rory McNamara will play Banbridge's Rory Leonard in the first semi-final this morning after the Headfort youth survived a late comeback charge from Co Sligo's Barry Anderson. Leonard saw off Limerick's Pat Murray over 23 holes in the third round, and defeated Skerries' Geoff Hopkins on the 15th after lunch.

Irish Independent

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