Lightning halts Waterford star Gary Hurley's Euro charge
Gary Hurley's charge towards the European Amateur title was halted as thunder and lightning forced an early finish to proceedings on day three on the Dukes course at St Andrews.
West Waterford star Hurley, 21, went into the third round in a four-way tie for the lead with England international Ben Stow, Finland's Lauri Ruuska and Italian Renato Paratore, who were all on four-under par.
Hurley, who teed off 10 minutes before his rival trio, only managed four holes yesterday, but finished the day three-under par, and one shot ahead of Paratore and Ruuska, who were tied for second having also only played four holes. Having birdied the first, Hurley then double bogeyed the second, before recording pars on holes three and four, before the heavens opened.
With the weather having wreaked havoc with the schedule, the players will return this morning at 6.30am to finish their third rounds, before the final 18 holes later in the day.
There are also currently two other Irishman in the top five, with Moyola Park's Chris Selfridge and Ballymena's Dermot McElroy both level par, three shots back, and tied for fifth, having both also only completed four holes.
Elsewhere, Irish duo Adrian Morrow and George Wilson both finished tied for sixth at the Senior Amateur Championship at Ganton in Yorkshire.
The pair finished six shots behind winner Brady Exber of the US, who took the title with an 11 over 224.
Meanwhile, Ireland finished runners-up to England in the Girls Home International Championship at Donabate yesterday when they overwhelmed Scotland 6.5-2.5 in the final round of matches.
England stormed to their sixth consecutive title, retaining the coveted Stroyan Cup with a 7-2 thumping of Wales.