Tuesday 20 March 2018

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.

Irish Independent

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