Friday 23 February 2018

Sharvin gets blade working to make cut as leading Close qualifier

Sports Studies student Cormac Sharvin from Ardglass won the silver medal as leading qualifier in the AIG-sponsored Irish Amateur Close Championship at Connemara GC after shooting a six-under-par 66 in the second round.

Added to his opening round of 70, the University of Stirling student finished the 36 holes on 136, one shot ahead of his nearest rival, Tuam's Damien Coyne.

The 20-year-old carded birdies at the second, third, fifth, seventh and 13 before a bogey at hole 16, but further birdies on the last two holes helped propel him to the top of the field.

"I am feeling good, my game is in great shape," Sharvin declared after his 66. "I have barely missed a shot for two days. I holed a few putts this afternoon, that was the difference from the previous day. I hit 17 greens on Saturday and shot two-under. I didn't hole many then, but did today."

Having moved to Scotland to study, the Down golfer is now being coached by former European Tour player Dean Robertson and the plus-three handicapper is making progress.


"I have had a steady enough season so far. I made the cut at the Lytham Trophy, made the cut at the Scottish Amateur last week – just sort of fell away in the last few days. I made the cut in the Irish Amateur Open at Royal Dublin, which was nice."

Coyne, who shot an eight-under-par 64 on Saturday, missed out on the top spot by one stroke after his second-round 73 left him on a total of 137, while Naas teenager Jack Hume, who agonisingly faded at the finish of the Irish Amateur Open last month, ended stroke-play qualifying on 138.

Sharvin will meet Shane McGlynn from Carton House in the first knockout round today, while Coyne takes on Alan Thomas from Dungarvan. Hume has Eanna Griffin from Waterford to overcome if he is to progress.

Defending champion Chris Selfridge from Moyola Park scraped into the top 64 after a second-round 72 left him just inside the cut on 149 – he faces Fota Island's Keith Crowley in the next round.

Balbriggan's Robbie Cannon, the Irish Amateur Open champion, failed to make it through to the match play stages after rounds of 75 and 76.

* Paul Wesselingh saved his best for last at the ISPS HANDA PGA Seniors Championship as he posted the lowest round of the week at De Vere Mottram Hall to set the seal on a four-shot victory over Paraguay's Angel Franco.

His staggering 20-under-par total proved insurmountable for the chasing pack as he carded a flawless closing round of 64 to hold off competition from Franco and a charging Ian Woosnam.

Des Smyth was the best of the Irish in joint eighth on 10-under, with Philip Walton 13th on six-under.

Irish Independent

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