Friday 24 November 2017

Irish pair in last eight

Gary Hurley
Gary Hurley

Irish aces Gary Hurley and Jack Hume are through to the quarter-finals of the Spanish Amateur Championship in Jerez.

Hurley from West Waterford was always in command against Jim Liu and romped to a 6&5 first-round victory and was also very impressive in the afternoon to topple Norwegian Viktor Hoyland,the top seed, by 4&3.

Hume from Naas had a much tougher day to keep alive his hopes of glory. He had to go to the home green to dispose of Lars Keunen from the Netherlands and needed two extra holes to get the better of Frenchman Sebastien Gandon.

In all all-Irish opening-round clash, Robin Dawson pipped Gavin Moynihan on the home green but was then beaten 4&3 by Holland's Jeroen Krietenmeijer.

Hurley now faces Austrian Markus Maukner for a semi-final place while Hume has a particularly difficult encounter against England's double European champion Ashley Chesters.

And Maria Dunne from Skerries is through to the quarter-finals of the Spanish Ladies Championship at Seville.

The Irish international defied the odds to oust Welsh international Chloe Williams on the 19th hole and then beat Kristyna Frydlova of the Czech Republic by 3&2.

She now meets Sweden's Linnea Strom for a place in the last four.

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