Hume sparkles in Sweden to help get Ireland off to a flier
Ireland made a fine start in Sweden yesterday to their quest for a first Men's European Amateur Team Championship title for seven years.
They are in a splendid position to sweep into the top flight - effectively the quarter-finals - for the match-play phase after ending day one in third spot.
With five of the six cards counting, they are on the 355 mark, just one stroke adrift of joint leaders France and Denmark and some way clear of the other home nations.
What is significant is that they are 10 strokes clear of eighth spot, held by Wales.
Leading the way for Ireland was Naas star Jack Hume who fired a brilliant four-under-par 68 over the Halmstad course to lie second in the individual standings. Hume finished strongly, carding three birdies in the last five holes.
Cormac Sharvin - fresh from his stunning Brabazon Trophy triumph - and rising star Dermot McElroy both posted scores of 70, with Gavin Moynihan on 73 and Open-bound Paul Dunne also counting with a 74.
It was the 75 of Gary Hurley that was discounted.
Sharvin's highlight was an eagle three on the second, while McElroy looked like carding a lower score but had two bogeys in the last five holes.
Leading team scores: 354 France and Denmark; 355 Ireland; 356 Germany; 360 Italy and Spain; 364 England; 365 Wales; 367 Scotland.