Thursday 23 November 2017

Murray urges GUI to delay naming 'Home' squad in bid to pick form team

Brian Keogh

Reigning champion Pat Murray has called on the Golfing Union to delay naming future Home International sides until the latter stages of the South of Ireland Championship after being denied the chance to prove his worth again this week.

The Limerick player cruised into the third round at Lahinch with a 4&3 demolition of Jack Walsh, a Senior Cup winner with Castle last year.

But with the Irish team for next month's Home Internationals at Ganton named last Friday, the straight-talking 42-year-old believes it is unfair, not only to the South field which has again been devastated by the non-appearance of all 11 members of the chosen side, but also to players who are showing form.

Winner of five points out of six at last week's Interprovincial Matches in Cork, Murray said: "I can't see what difference delaying the selection for another three or four days is going to make.

"If you are trying to pick a team for the Home Internationals and you have the Interpros and South of Ireland, it's your chance to pick a team that is on form.

"It is not good for the South or the Home Internationals either that you have to pick a team so far in advance.

DELAY

"It was picked last Thursday and I think they could delay it until this Tuesday, when you know the last four at Lahinch."

Headfort's Brian Casey was the only member of the 11-strong Home International side entered at Lahinch but withdrew at the last minute, giving Mullingar's Chris Tormey a walk over.

Thunder and lightning was again a protagonist on day two with play suspended for 45 minutes in mid-afternoon.

However, there was no repeat of Saturday's shock disqualification of Co Louth veteran Barry Reddan and Birr's Michael Horan for playing out their match during an official stoppage for electrical activity, in breach of Rule 6-8b/7 on Discontinuance and Resumption of Play.

Reddan should have played Tony Cleary yesterday, having 'beaten' Horan 2&1, but the Dromoland Castle player stood unopposed on the first tee and will now face Castle's Alex Gleeson following the 19-year-old's 3&1 win over Dun Laoghaire's Ted Collins.

While 67-year old Reddan is out, 62-year-old former Walker Cup player Arthur Pierse of Tipperary beat Dunmurry Springs' Sean Maloney 3&2 on a day when 2011 winner, Stephen Walsh from Portmarnock, narrowly lost on the 18th to Cork's John Hickey.

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