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Thursday 19 April 2018

Golf in brief

Inspired Irish finish on a high

Ireland produced inspirational golf to bring the curtain down on European Team Championship week on a high, winning their final matches in all four tournaments.

They beat Germany 4-1 in the Amateur team championship at Silkeborg in Denmark to finish in seventh place although their last battle was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests.

Paul Dunne and Jack Hume got them off to a flyer with a last-green foursomes victory and then Rory McNamara and Gavin Moynihan both collected points with 17th-green triumphs.

With the tie effectively over, Reeve Whitson and Kevin Phelan were deemed to have halved their games.

England won the title by beating old rivals Scotland in the final.

In the Boys championship at Murcar in Scotland, the Irish finished a highly creditable fifth by beating Denmark 3-2.

Sean Flanagan, Robin Dawson and James Sugrue helped to see them home while France won the title with victory over Norway.

In the Women's championship at Fulford in York, Ireland defeated Scotland 3-2 on Saturday to end up in 11th spot. Austria won the Women's crown with a shock defeat of Spain in the final. Ireland also came 11th in the Girls tournament at Linkoping in Sweden after beating Denmark 3.5-1.5 in their final match.

SELFRIDGE RECOVERS

TO CLINCH NORTH TITLE

Chris Selfridge has won the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Royal Portrush with a 2&1 defeat of Gary Hurley, but nearly pulled out of the tournament the day before it began.

"I was sick on the days leading up to the championship and was on the point of withdrawing but decided to give it a go. In the final, I felt a bit under pressure as Gary (Hurley) got off to a good start but I knew I had it in me to win," stressed the Moyola Park player.

Hurley (20) won the first hole when Selfridge missed from five feet but the new champion's touch on the greens was back in evidence when he rolled in a 20-footer at the fourth for the first of his five birdies to level the match.

The next four holes were halved before Selfridge got his nose in front at the ninth to turn one-up. He was three feet from the pin and when Hurley missed par from four feet he conceded his opponent's putt.

It was back to all-square at 10, however, when Hurley rolled a 60-foot downhill putt to three feet and Selfridge, after sending his 20-footer four feet past, missed the return. At the 12th hole, Selfridge slotted in a birdie three from 25 feet.

Selfridge went two-up at 15 as Hurley was in rough twice and also in bunker trouble. The tough tussle ended two holes later.

Hurley was pin-high right with a fairway wood as Selfridge was 80 yards short with a six-iron but steered his third approach to six inches. Hurley needed to hole his chip for eagle to keep the match alive but he missed.

Irish Independent

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