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Tuesday 24 October 2017

O'Donovan shoots lights out

Dubliner Richard O'Donovan gave a champagne display at Glasgow Gailes on the Ayrshire coast yesterday to romp into the match-play stages of the British Amateur Championship.

The 21-year-old East of Ireland champion from Lucan compiled a sensational amateur course record-equalling five-under-par 66. That followed his 73 at Royal Troon on Monday for a 36-hole total of 139.

That score was sufficient to make him one of the eight seeds for the knock-out phase, which begins at Troon today and ends with the 36-hole final on Saturday.

Waterford Castle's Kevin Phelan also comfortably made it through with a 72 at Glasgow Gailes to add to his 70 at Troon.

Headfort's Rory McNamara came in late in the day with a magnificent 69 at Glasgow Gailes and his 142 aggregate eased him through with plenty to spare.

Alan Dunbar, the 2009 St Andrews Links Trophy winner, also delivered the goods when it mattered, firing a 70 for a 144 aggregate to make progress.

Headfort's Brian Casey scraped in right on the cut-off mark of 145.

Possibly the biggest hard luck story of the day revolved around 17-year-old Gavin Moynihan (The Island), the Irish Amateur champion and McEvoy Trophy holder.

He played well for 17 holes at Troon yesterday, but had a nightmare at the other one. Moynihan hit a bad drive on the 482-yard 11th, had to take a second ball from the tee and dropped four strokes, carding an eight. He posted a 76 for a 147 aggregate and failed to make it through.

John Greene's (Portmarnock) fine 69 at Glasgow Gailes was not enough, while West Waterford's Gary Hurley, Andrew Hogan from Newlands, Belvoir Park's Harry Diamond, Knock's Nicholas Grant, James Fox (Portmarnock) and Neil Henderson of the Glen all missed the cut.

Irish Independent

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