Dawson heads squads for St Andrews and European Amateur
Robin Dawson (Tramore) pitching to the 18th green to win the Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championship at Royal County Down. Picture by  Pat Cashman

Robin Dawson (Tramore) pitching to the 18th green to win the Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championship at Royal County Down. Picture by Pat Cashman

Newly-crowned Flogas Irish Amateur Open champion Robin Dawson has been included in the squads chosen by the GUI to compete in the St Andrews Links Trophy and the European Amateur Championship in June

Expected to break into the top 50 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking later his week, Dawson is the highest ranked player among a six-man squad selected to travel to the Home of Golf from June 8-10 for the St Andrews Links Trophy.

Alex Gleeson. Picture: Golffile

Alex Gleeson. Picture: Golffile

The 22-year-old from Tramore will join fellow internationals Alex Gleeson (Castle), Rowan Lester (Hermitage) and Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) at St Andrews with Irish Students champion Ronan Mullarney (Galway) and Jonathan Yates (Naas) completing the GUI squad.

There will be 13 Irish players competing at St Andrews with Barry Anderson (Royal Dublin), Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint), Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene), John Murphy (Kinsale), Jack Pierse (Portmarnock), Conor Purcell (Portmarnock) and Jake Whelan (Newlands) also entered.

The St Andrews Links Trophy is a 72-hole stroke play tournament with 36 holes played on the final day.

Round one will be played on the New Course with the second round set for the Old Course. The top 40 and ties after round two progress to the final day when the remaining players face two rounds on the Old Course.

Rowan Lester. Picture: Golffile

Rowan Lester. Picture: Golffile

Dawson, who won the Flogas Irish Amateur Open by four strokes at Royal County Down on Sunday, is also included in the six-man squad that travels to Royal Hague for this year’s European Amateur Championship from June 27-30, joining Gleeson, Lester, McLarnon, Purcell and Yates.

All six will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Paddy Gribben (1998), Stephen Browne (2001), Brian McElhinney (2003) and Rory McIlroy (2006) as Irish winners of this prestigious 72-hole stroke play championship.

The top 60 and ties after round three progress to the final round.

The GUI’s High Performance programme is supported by Sport Ireland and Sport NI.

St Andrews Links Trophy, 8-10 June, St Andrews

  • Robin Dawson (Tramore) 
  • Alex Gleeson (Castle)
  • Rowan Lester (Hermitage)
  • Ronan Mullarney (Galway)
  • Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk)
  • Jonathan Yates (Naas)

European Amateur Championship, 27-30 June, Royal Hague

  • Robin Dawson (Tramore)
  • Alex Gleeson (Castle)
  • Rowan Lester (Hermitage)
  • Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene)
  • Conor Purcell (Portmarnock)
  • Jonathan Yates (Naas)