Monday 23 September 2019

Sharvin living the dream in pro game

Cormac Sharvin
Cormac Sharvin

Liam Kelly

Cormac Sharvin heard all about life on Tour from his uncle Brian Martin, who caddied for, among others, Peter Lawrie and Johan Edfors.

Uncle Brian was also in a position to pass on some of Lawrie's unwanted equipment to his nephew, who only took the game seriously from the age of 15.

All the more reason, then, for Sharvin to pinch himself when he ended up playing alongside Peter Lawrie in the 2016 Made in Denmark tournament as a fellow professional.

A rookie pro, admittedly, but a pro nevertheless who had every right to be striding the fairways alongside the man for whom his uncle had caddied.

Funny old game. A strange synchronicity, and something which Sharvin, whose first official handicap was 21 at Ardglass golf club, never imagined would happen.

Speaking of that experience, Sharvin said: "I played Made in Denmark this year. I made the cut and I was drawn in the third round with Peter Lawrie.

"When I started playing golf, my uncle was caddying for Peter, and who'd have thought when I was first taking up the game that I'd be walking up the first fairway with him. Pretty surreal."

Sharvin's progression through the amateur ranks to Walker Cup victory with GB and Ireland, and then signing with IMG this year to begin his pro career, has been remarkable.

Growing up, he played Gaelic football and hurling with his local Kilclief GAA club, and also soccer in local leagues around Downpatrick before the golf bug bit unexpectedly.

"I started playing when I was about 15. My auntie asked me to take my cousin out one day during the summer. I took a few clubs and hit it okay and just took it from there," said Sharvin.

Just over three years ago he made his national breakthrough by winning the Irish Close title, defeating Paul Dunne in the final. Since then the progress has been onward and upward, and after a year of adjustment to the demands of professional golf, he looks forward to 2017.

Sharvin missed the cut for the final stage of Q-School by a shot, but played on mini-tours in Portugal at the end of the season.

He has a category on the Challenge Tour and with Team Ireland's help and the IMG contacts, he hopes to obtain a reasonable number of invitations.

Sharvin spent Christmas in India with his girlfriend, whose father works there, so the clubs were put aside for a couple of weeks.

It's back to business in the New Year, and the big lesson he learned from playing with the Tour pros is that you don't have to do anything extraordinary to score well.

"They're just pretty efficient," he said. They're very tidy and they just do the simple things right."

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