Saturday 7 December 2019

Sharvin leads way as Ireland in line for quarter-final berth

Cormac Sharvin carded a three-under-par 69 at the European Amateur Team Championship in Finland. Photo: Barry Cronin/Getty Images
Cormac Sharvin carded a three-under-par 69 at the European Amateur Team Championship in Finland. Photo: Barry Cronin/Getty Images

Chris Smart

Ireland gave a solid display in Finland yesterday to put themselves in a strong position to grab a quarter-final spot in the European Amateur Team Championship following the second stroke-play round today.

The Irish first day aggregate was 355,the same as both England and Scotland but better than most European rivals.

It was 2013 Irish close champion Cormac Sharvin from Ardglass who led the way for Ireland with a fine three-under-par 69.

Paul Dunne, who plays in next week's Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, Gavin Moynihan, and West Waterford's Gary Hurley all took 71.

Dubliner Moynihan had three consecutive birdies from the 10th while Hurley picked up two birdies in the first three holes.

In the Boys' Championship in Oslo, Ireland have a mountain to climb if they are to progress into the first flight – effectively the quarter-finals – after their best individual score was a 72 by Hermitage's Rowan Lester, some strokes adrift of the best individual return.

Lester put in a pretty steady display which comprised two birdies, two bogeys and 14 pars. He was joint 21st in the individual rankings.

Eoin Leonard returned 73, Conor Purcell 74 and Kevin Le Blanc 75, but with David Carey and Jamie Fletcher both posting scores in the 80s, the Irish face an uphill task.

Elsewhere, teenage star Olivia Mehaffey fired a marvellous one under par 70 yesterday to help Ireland keep alive their chances of a place in the quarter-finals of the European Ladies Team Championship in Slovenia.

Maria Dunne of Skerries fired a highly creditable 72 while Irish champion Paula Grant and Jessica Carty both carded 73 and Mary Doyle 74.

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