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Wednesday 19th June 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 19.6.19 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE .ie CONTENTS AGENDA COLUMNS & OPINIONS PREVIEW THIS WEEK'S EVENTS NEW GEAR THE LATEST KIT REVEALED WEEKLY ROUNDUP THE LATEST GOLF NEWS VIDEO OF THE WEEK Digital Editor: Peter Finnan peter@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036099 Print Editor: John Shortt john@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036090 Sub Editor: John Craven CONTACT US Match Play Media Disclaimer: Copyright Match Play Media 2019. The publisher cannot accept responsibility for, nor do they agree with any of the views expressed, statements or claims made in any article, news items or advertisement published in this magazine. WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE Publishers: Match Play Media Limited, G13, Maynooth Business Campus, Maynooth, Co. Kildare Contributors: Liam Kelly, Ivan Morris, Kevin Markham, Bernie Maguire, Paul Kelly, Paul Gallagher, Niall O'Shea, John Craven, Mary Doyle, Mark McGowan, Donal 'Doc' Hughes, GolfCentralDaily Design: EMCreative.ie Photography: Getty Images, Golffile, R&A, Pat Cashman, USGA Peter Finnan, on behalf of the team T hings are heating up at The Amateur as Caolan Rafferty caught fire with a 68 around Port- marnock to roar into the knockout stages that start today around the renowned links. The reigning West of Ireland and South of Ireland champion was one of just 10 golf- ers to break par out of the 288 who teed it up over two days at The Is- land and Portmarnock. "I wasn't doing this five years ago," said Rafferty. "I'm 26 so I'm going out there to enjoy it. I'm playing the biggest amateur competition we can play in on this side of the water. Why not just enjoy it? If you do well, you do well. It's not going to make or break your next day. "I love competing at this level now. I'm after getting my foot in the door. I might as well try and stay there." The Dundalk golfer was joined in the 64 plus ties who came through to the knockout stages by fellow Irishmen Eanna Griffin of Water- ford, James Sugrue (Mallow) and Galway's Ronan Mullarney. Griffin qualified on level par 143 (73,70) while Sugrue fought back magnifi- cently from an opening 77 at Por- marnock to shoot 69 at The Island and make the cut by a shot on +3, 146. Mullarney will have to get through a preliminary round this morning to make it to the last-64 proper with 24 players tying for their precious place in the match play. The Maynooth scholar was 2UP through 3 holes against American Mason Andersen at the time of writing. Live scoring can be found HERE Dundalk's Caolan Rafferty led a small band of home qualifiers into the match play stages of The Amateur Championship which start today at Portmarnock (Old). IRISH HOPES HANG ON FOUR AT THE AMATEUR Caolan Rafferty driving from the 12th tee at Portmarnock Golf Club yesterday. Photo credit GUI / Pat Cashman

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