Rising star Cutler in contention
Walker Cup hopeful Paul Cutler moved up the leaderboard in the European Amateur Championship over the Halmstad course in Sweden yesterday with a stirring third round display.
The Portstewart star fired a four-under-par 68 for a 54-hole aggregate of 212 to close to within four strokes of leader Manual Trappel of Austria and very much in contention for a medal.
Cutler, last year's Lytham Trophy winner, had two birdies in the first three holes and three birdies on the homeward stretch, but his round was spoiled slightly by a bogey five on the last hole.
Also on the 212 mark is west Waterford's Kevin Phelan who had halves of 35 for a 70, his round containing a sprinkling of birdies and bogeys.
Richard O'Donovan, from Lucan in Dublin, also posted a 70 yesterday and is on 215, one better than Alan Dunbar, who started the tournament well, but has faded since.
Dunbar from Rathmore in Antrim went round in 73 yesterday for a level par 216 aggregate.
The 54-hole cut fell on 220 (four-over-par), which meant Ballymena teenager Dermot McElroy, who started so well with a 69, missed out by a stroke, while Paul Dunne of Greystones also failed to make the weekend.
Trappel goes into the final round today one stroke clear of England's Stiggy Hodgson.