Saturday 26 May 2018

Stunning 67 puts Sharvin in position to emulate Rory

Cormac Sharvin
Cormac Sharvin

Carl Field

A stunning third-round 67 shot Cormac Sharvin into a one-stroke lead at the Brabazon Trophy at Hollinwell in Nottingham and he today bids to become the first Irishman since Rory McIlroy in 2006 to win the English Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

The 22-year-old Ardglass star, who has already enjoyed a successful season in stroke play events in Scotland, Wales and Ireland, didn't drop a stroke as he overhauled a five-shot deficit on early pace-setter Ben Taylor going into round three with the second best score of the day.

A birdie on the first hole was then followed up with four more - on six, eight, 10 and 14 - to card a five-under 67 and left him with a 54-hole aggregate of 211 and one shot ahead of English duo Taylor and Jonathan Thomson and Scotsman Ewen Ferguson, with the chasing trio all on four-under par.

Naas's Jack Hume is also very much still in contention and sits two shots off compatriot Sharvin going into the final 18 holes today. Paul Dunne (Greystones) and Dermot McElroy (Ballymena) could also still yet mount a late challenge with the pair sitting tied for ninth on two-under par.

Meanwhile, Adrien Pendaries became the first French winner of the Irish Boys' Amateur Open Championship after a closing round of 74 helped him to a comfortable eight-shot victory at Tuam GC. New Ross's Michael Ryan finished second on six-over after a brave bid to overhaul Pendaries came unstuck late on.

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