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Monday 11 December 2017

In brief: Ireland close in on hat-trick

IRELAND are on the brink of winning an unprecedented third Senior Men’s Home International title in a row.

Standing in the way of the hattrick are Scotland – and a share of the spoils at Crail today will be sufficient to see Ireland to victory.

Even a defeat may not halt Ireland’s run, because of the number of individual points secured over the first two days.

Yesterday they overwhelmed Wales 6.5-2.5 with a series of fine displays at the same time as England beat Scotland.

After a ding-dong morning the Irish edged to a 2-1 success in the foursomes.

In the singles, Killeen’s Maurice Kelly was quickly out of the starting blocks in the top match against Robert Broad, posting a resounding 6&5 success.

Then former Walker Cup skipper Garth McGimpsey powered home 3&2 against Jeff Thomas.

And when Portmarnock’s Adrian Morrow recorded a 6&5 triumph over Paul Bloomfield, it was all over.

Mooney, Collins edge nearer Tour

DAMIAN MOONEY and Michael Collins finished in the top 10 after the opening round of the weather-hit European Tour qualifying school stage one contest at Dundonald Links on Scotland’s west coast.

The Irish duo battled through the tough conditions in Ayrshire and emerged with five-over 77s to share sixth place, three shots behind leader Wallace Booth.

Waterville’s David Higgins opened with a 78 to sit alongside fellow Irishmen Peter O’Keefe, Gareth Shaw and amateur Neil Murray.

John Kelly, the former Irish PGA No 1, had to settle for an 83.

At Fleesensee in Germany, amateur hopeful Sean Patrick Ryan led the Irish challenge after a one-over 73 left him five shots off the early pace.

Stephen Grant and Mervyn Owens both had 74s.

Jones right in hunt for coveted double

HELEN JONES is just one stroke off the pace as she bids to complete a rare golfing double at West Kilbride today.

The Strabane star, winner of the Irish Open stroke-play championship last week, hopes to cap a marvellous fortnight by lifting the British title.

In 45mph gales yesterday, Jones added a 79 to her first-round 80 for a 159 total to lie just one stroke off the lead entering the final round.

Donabate’s Pat Doran is on 162, while Sheena McElroy of Grange is a further stroke back.

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