Sunday 21 January 2018

Hot-shot Dunne leads the way as Ireland set up England showdown

Paul Dunne
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Ireland cruised into the quarter-finals of the European Men's Amateur Team Championship in Sweden yesterday.

They qualified from the stroke-play phase in second spot behind Germany with a 36-hole aggregate of six-under-par 714. Scotland and England also made it through but Wales missed out.

Greystones' Paul Dunne, who has qualified for next week's British Open at St Andrews,was the top Irish performer, firing a splendid four-under-par 68 which included five birdies and just one bogey.

Gary Hurley shot 69 with halves of 33 and 36. He had three birdies on the way out and one more on the way home.

Ballymena's Dermot McElroy matched the par of 72, while Gavin Moynihan's 74 and the 76 of Cormac Sharvin also counted for a second-day total of 359.

It was the disappointing 77 of Jack Hume that was disregarded. He had a disastrous back nine which included a triple-bogey, double-bogey and bogey.

Ireland will now meet old rivals England for a place in the semi-finals.

In the other quarter-finals, Germany meet Sweden, Spain face Scotland and France take on Denmark.

Irish Independent

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