Tuesday 12 December 2017

Implosion in singles costs Ireland spot in quarter-finals

IRELAND suffered an inexplicable singles collapse against the Netherlands at Silkeborg to crash out of contention for the European Amateur Team Championship.

Having qualified for the quarter-finals five places and 16 strokes ahead of their opponents, the Irish were odds-on favourites to clinch a place in the last four and, after they went on to win both morning foursomes, the odds shortened even further.

For most of the afternoon Irish eyes were smiling but late on there was a dramatic about-turn in fortunes and and they ended up losing 4-3.

Kevin Phelan, who played all four rounds in the US Open last month, was ahead for most of the way against gritty Robbie van West but was pegged back at the 15th and then lost the 16th and 17th and, with those holes, the match.

Dubliner Paul Dunne, who smashed the Princes course record in Kent in the British Amateur Championship last month, also lost both 16 and 17 as he slipped to defeat in his clash with Lars van Meijel.

Rory McNamara, the hero of the stroke-play phase, lost three holes in a row from the 13th and that put paid to his hopes against Rowin Caron, while Jack Hume was just edged out.

Ireland's only singles winner was Gavin Moynihan, who was four-up at the turn against Jeroen Krietemeijer and went on to win 4&3.

The Netherlands will now play England, while France meet Scotland in the other semi-final.

Classy English crush Irish boys

Ireland lost 6-1 to classy England in the Boys Home Championships at Murcar in Scotland.

The sides shared the morning foursomes, but Ireland were completely outplayed in the afternoon, losing all five singles.

Meadow leads way in rout of Slovenians

Ireland's women are still in contention for ninth place in their European Championship after trouncing Slovenia 4.5-0.5 at Fulford in York.

Paula Grant and Chloe Ryan won their foursomes, while in the singles Stephanie Meadow continued her fine form and the Maguire twins were also triumphant.

Ireland's girls beat the Czech Republic at Linkoping in Sweden to maintain hopes of ninth place.

They won 3-2, with the foursomes couple of Chloe Weir and Ariana Coyle Diez getting the decisive point at the 19th hole.


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