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Wednesday 17th April 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 17.4.19 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE .ie Padraig Harrington N The Boylesports Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup always attracts a top class field, and this year will be no exception with Irish panellists James Sugrue, Mark Power, Rob Brazill, Ronan Mullarney and Tiernan McLarnon all confirmed. Entries for the 54 hole event close this evening so there's still time to enter and current holder Gary O'Flaherty is gunning for a unique three in a row having captured the title in 2017 and 2018. O'Flaherty had two wins in Lee Valley last year as he also picked up the Munster Mid-Am last September and few would bet against the Cork stalwart. Anyone interested in playing can contact the tournament director Vincent Drinan on 087- 9966332. ENTRIES CLOSE TODAY FOR LEE VALLEY SSC The Golfing Union of Ireland's squad of six begin their assault on the Peter McEvoy Trophy to- day. The tournament is played over 72 holes with the top-40 and ties progressing to the fi- nal day. Ireland Boys Selectors John McGrath (Royal Tara) and Kevin Murray (Tramore) have accompanied the squad. There are two previous Irish winners of the event: Gavin Moynihan (2012) and Mark Power (2016). Holywood's Tom McKibbin and Elm Park's Robert Galligan currently lead the Bridgestone Boys International Order of Merit on 20 points with Balt- inglass' Joseph Byrne next in the table. GUI SQUAD – Peter McEvoy Tro- phy, 17-18 April, Copt Heath: Joseph Byrne (Baltinglass), Max Kennedy (Royal Dublin), Odhran Magu- ire (Slieve Russell), Aaron Marshall (Lisburn), Tom McKibbin (Holy- wood), Luke O'Neill (Connemara). IRISH UNDERWAY AT PETER MCEVOY TROPHY The Golfing Union of Ireland has selected four players to compete in The Fairhaven Trophy from 3-5 May. Lisburn's Josh Black, Elm Park's Robert Gal- ligan, Laytown & Bettystown's Alex Maguire and Roganstown's Joshua McCabe will all take their chance next month at Fairhaven Golf Club, located in Lytham St Annes. Previous winners include Marco Penge (England) and Rhys Pugh (Wales). The Fairhaven Trophy is part of the Bridgestone Boys International Order of Merit and the GUI's High Performance Programme at underage level is supported by Sport Ireland, Sport NI and The R&A. GUI CONFIRM FANTASTIC FOUR FOR FAIRHAVEN Neil O'Briain eil O'Briain fired a three-under par 69 to get his EuroPro qualifying bid off to a sound start at Q-School Final Stage at Frilford Heath. The Dubliner fired three birdies and an eagle that finds him three shots off the pace and in a share of 18th ahead of round two today. Naas pro, Conor O'Rourke is just one shot behind O'Briain after a solid two-under 70 with Woodcote Park's Peter Williamson and Mount Juliet's Luke Donnelly a short further back at minus-one. It was a day where Ireland's pros were out- played by one of our amateurs as Bushfoot's Owen Crooks return a superb five-under par 67 that puts him just one off the lead. Headort's Joe Dillon and Shannon's Daniel Brennan navigated their way round in even par while Cameron Raymond finds himself in a tie for 94th at plus one. Today is a key day with golfers taking on ei- ther the red or blue course depending on which they didn't play on Tuesday. After 36-holes, qualifying will be cut to the leading 80 ahead of Thursday's final round. O'BRIAIN & O'ROURKE START WELL AT EUROPRO Q-SCHOOL FINALE Gary O'Flaherty, Lee Valley Winner 2018

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