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Thursday 21 November 2019

Moynihan and McElroy spearhead Europe bid

Ballymena's Dermot McElroy
Ballymena's Dermot McElroy

Two of Ireland's rising stars could be key players in Europe's bid to retain their Bonallack Trophy against Asia-Pacific in India over the next three days.

Former Irish champion Gavin Moynihan and ex-national boys champion Dermot McElroy are considered by non-playing captain Andrew Morgan, a former president of the Welsh Golfing Union, to be in top form and crucial to Europe's chances of success.

In the seven matches played since the inaugural one at Perth, Western Australia in 1998, Europe have won five and Asia-Pacific two, the 21.5-10.5 triumph by the Europeans in Portugal two years ago being a record.

The action starts in Bangalore with five fourballs this morning and ends on Friday with all 12 players competing in singles, very similar to the Ryder Cup format.

Moynihan is one of the most experienced players in the European side as he played in last year's Walker Cup match and is a past McEvoy Trophy winner, while McElroy is maturing all the time.

Englishman Ashley Chesters, the reigning European Amateur Champion and Italian Renato Paratore, an Orange Bowl winner in the States only a few weeks ago, are also vastly experienced.

Morgan believes that the heat will not unduly worry the British and Irish boys as several of them have played in Australia during the winter.

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