Wednesday 13 December 2017

Irish aim to ease Euro pain

GOLF: Ireland, pipped at the post in the search for honours last year, bid for glory in the Boys Home Internationals, which begin at Southernness in Scotland this morning-- and they will try and erase the memory of a disappointing European Championships last month, writes CHRIS SMART.

They open their challenge against Scotland, while defending champions England face Wales on day one of the round-robin event.

Ballymena's Dermot McElroy and Chris Selfridge from Moyola Park are the most experienced of the Irish players, while Jeff Hopkins from Skerries was runner-up recently in the Irish Youths Championship, a significant achievement.

Paul Dunne, the Greystones teenager, and Alex Gleeson, who played in the recent European Young Masters, are both emerging talent and Ireland will look to them to provide some inspiration.

Irish team -- S Barry (Laytown and Bettystown), P Dunne (Greystones), A Gleeson (Castle), L Harnett (Milltown), J Hopkins (Skerries), J Hume (Rathsallagh), G Hurley (West Waterford), D McElroy (Ballymena), M McKnight (Lisburn), C O'Sullivan (Fota Island), C Selfridge (Moyola Park). Captain : L Martin.

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