Sunday 18 August 2019

Sugrue fails to shine as he exits Pinehurst

James Sugrue. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
James Sugrue. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Brian Keogh

Mallow's James Sugrue bowed out in the first round of the US Amateur Championship at Pinehurst No 2.

The Amateur champion completed the last two holes of his weather-delayed second round by finishing birdie-par for a 73 to make the top 64 qualifiers on three-over 143.

But while he avoided a marathon 27-man play-off for the last three spots by two shots, he fell 5&4 to England's Alex Fitzpatrick, the younger brother of 2013 US Amateur champion Matthew.

Sugrue did not produce his best golf and was approximately seven-over for the holes played when they shook hands on the 14th.

There was better news for Irish amateur golf in the R&A's Boys Amateur at Saunton where eight of the 16 entrants from Ireland made the matchplay stages on 146 or better.

Scotland's Connor McKinney shot a level-par 71 on the West Course to lead the qualifiers by one shot on five-under 137 from Frenchman Martin Couvra and Archie Davies from Wales.

Royal Dublin's Max Kennedy was the top Irish qualifier in 20th, one-over 143, after a 74 with Lisburn's Aaron Marshall and Fontona's Ruan McNelis on 145.

Dundalk's Josh Mackin, Baltinglass' Joseph Byrne, Roganstown's Joshua McCabe, Mullingar's Adam Smith and Black Bush's Sean Doyle made it on the 146 cut mark but Seapoint's Dylan Keating missed out by one shot.

In the Girls' Amateur Championship at Panmure, Elm Park's Anna Foster and Lahinch's Áine Donegan shot 71s to qualify for the matchplay with ease on four-over 146.

Kirkistown Castle's Beth Coulter made the top 64 in 63rd place on the nine-over cut mark but Douglas' Sara Byrne missed out on 154.

World number six Alessia Nobilio of Italy did not drop a shot in rounds of 66 and 65 as she topped the qualifiers on 11-under 131.

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