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Saturday 25 November 2017

In brief: Dunne leads Ireland romp

Ireland grabbed the early initiative in the Boys Home International Championship over the Southerness course in Scotland yesterday, overwhelming the hosts 12-3 with a confident performance.

With defending champions England being held to a share of the spoils by underdogs Wales, Ireland lead the table.

A stunning singles display put Ireland ahead by 4.5-0.5, laying the foundations for victory, and they piled on the agony for the Scots in the afternoon.

Even with five matches still out on the course, it was clear they were going to open their account in the chase for the R&A Trophy.

In the foursomes, the three top pairs all won, with Dermot McElroy and Colm O'Sullivan being the most impressive, surging to a 5&4 victory over Jamie Lynch and Ian Redford.

The only pair who did not get a full point were Chris Selfridge and Matthew McKnight, who were held to a half by Conor O'Neil and Paul McPhee. Paul Dunne, the hugely talented Greystones teenager playing at the top of the order in the singles, was superb in overcoming Scott Gibson by 4&3.

McElroy got a point, followed by a half for Selfridge before Stephen Barry from Laytown and Bettystown secured the point that made certain of victory for Ireland.

Jack Hume, Gary Hurley, Alex Gleeson and O'Sullivan completed the rout with victories, albeit in tight affairs. Success brought a smile to the face of skipper Liam Martin who said: "It was a great performance by the boys."

Noh 'honoured' by US PGA invite

Teenager Noh Seung-yul has become the first South Korean to be invited to play at the US PGA Championship.

The 19-year-old was invited with Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Briton Simon Khan for the season's final Major at Whistling Straits, from August 12-15.

Noh, who qualified for this year's British Open, made his breakthrough earlier this year after winning the Malaysian Open in March when he edged out compatriot KJ Choi by one shot.

"It is an honour to be invited," he said.

A total of six Koreans will play at the US PGA Championship, including defending champion YE Yang, who last year became the first Asian man to win a Major.

Irish Independent

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