Monday 19 March 2018

Smyth's clear day earns third place


Des Smyth shared third place in the Scottish Senior Open at St Andrews Bay after producing a bogey-free final round of five-under-par 67.

England's Barry Lane, decked out in red tartan trousers, retained the title after carding a final-round 66 to win by two strokes on 14-under.

American Gary Koch (67) finished second, with Australia's Peter Fowler (70) finishing alongside Smyth a further two shots behind.

Denis O'Sullivan muscled his way from a share of 49th into a tie for 16th courtesy of a 65.

Eamonn Darcy, who will undergo keyhole surgery later this year on his injured left shoulder, finished nine-over par.


RAY MOYLETTE, the European senior champion and 2008 AIBA World Youth gold medallist, must meet reigning Irish champion Ross Hickey in a box-off on September 2 for the light-welterweight place on Ireland's team for the World Championships.

Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlon, John Joe Nevin, David Oliver Joyce, Roy Sheehan, Darren O'Neill, Joe Ward, Ken Egan and Con Sheehan have all been confirmed on the team for the championships, which begin in Azerbaijan on September 26 and double up as a qualifier for next year's Olympic Games.

Brandenburg Cup champion Michael O'Reilly has been included on Ireland's team for the European Youth Championships, which begin at the Citywest Hotel today.


Ireland took team silver and individual bronze at the Young Rider European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle in Scotland yesterday.

The bronze medal performance of 18-year-old Tipperary rider David Hannigan clinched the team ranking for the side that also included his brother Peter, Kildare rider Melanie Young and Alex Donohoe.

The Irish were looking good from the outset, David Hannigan scoring a creditable 46.7 to slot into seventh spot after Friday's dressage phase.

Then he steered the Irish-bred Red Baron around Saturday's cross-country track for just 2.8 time penalties and with nothing to add in the show jumping ring yesterday he moved up third.


Craig Breen from Waterford scored his first victory in the FIA World Rally Championship Academy, Rally Germany, at the weekend, holding off Spain's Yeray Lemes to win by 15 seconds.

This win lifts the 21-year-old to second place in the WRC Academy points table.

Meath driver Tim McNulty and his Sligo co-driver Paul Kiely landed their third International win this year when they took the lead on the closing three stages of the Antrim-based Ulster International Rally.

This win puts NcNulty and Kiely ahead in the Irish Tarmac Championship.

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