Eoin Arthurs

Grehan nets five-shot "East" win as 100kph winds force 54 holes

Even veterans like two-time winner Declan Branigan agreed that the right decision had been made after torrential rain and southerly winds forecast to gust over 100kph, reduced to the CityNorth Hotel sponsored East of Ireland Amateur Open to 54 holes for the first time in its 75-year history.

Grehan nets five-shot "East" win as 100kph winds force 54 holes

Dunne and Campbell lead East, but can Browne charge?

Former European Tour player Stephen Browne still believes he has a chance of a dream comeback victory in the East of Ireland Championship despite slipping nine shots off the pace in a “US Open style” test at blustery Baltray.

Dunne and Campbell lead East, but can Browne charge?

Arthurs and Dunne win East of Ireland mixed

Niall Gorey (Muskerry) and Gillian O’Leary (The Island) congratulate Maria Dunne (Skerries) and Eoin Arthurs (Forrest Little) on the 18th green after their victory in the 2013 East of Ireland Mixed Foursomes Championship at Craddockstown Golf Club (15/09/2013). Picture by Pat CashmanSkerries’ Maria Dunne shook off the fatigue of a long week representing Ireland in the Home Internationals when she teamed up with Forrest Little’s Eoin Arthurs to retain the East of Ireland Mixed Foursomes Championship title at Craddockstown on Sunday.

McCormack hit by errors and albatross

Montado Golf Resort.Eddie Cormack paid the price for a poor start and slipped six shots behind leader Moritz Lampert of Germany entering the final round of the Portuguese Amateur Open Championship at Montado near Lisbon.

The Galway international carded a one-over par 73 to finish the day in a four-way tie for third place on three under par as Lampert fired an albatross, an eagle and four birdies in a superb 65 to lead by one from Adrien Saddier of France on six under.

McCormack hits the front in Portuguese Amateur

Eddie McCormack is out in front in Portugal. Picture courtesy of Pat Cashman/GUIGalway’s Eddie McCormack fired a second round 71 to grab a one-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the Portuguese Amateur Open at Montado near Lisbon.

McCormack top Irishman in Portugal

Eddie McCormack. Picture courtesy GUI/Pat Cashman.Eddie McCormack is just a shot off the lead after the opening round of the Portuguese International Amateur Championship at Montado.

The Galway representative is tied for fifth place after firing seven birdies in a three under 69 to lead the Irish challenge at the Setubal resort south of Lisbon.

Magical 66 sees O'Donovan crowned East of Ireland champion

Richard O’Donovan with Leinster Branch chairman Kevin McIntyre, GUI President Eugene Fayne and Paul Maher, Captain of County Louth Golf Club. (Credit Jenny Matthews www.newsfile.ie)What a day for Lucan’s Richard O’Donovan who awoke at 5 am in the clubhouse dormitory wondering if he could haul himself out of bed and off the foot of the leaderboard by putting in a respectable finish.

Nine strokes off the lead overnight and tied for last place in the 51 man field having made the cut on the five over par limit, the 20-year old Dubliner exceeded even his wildest dreams when he played the final 36 holes in seven under par by following an early morning 71 with a simply sensational, bogey free, six under par 66 in the afternoon.

Dunbar tops compact East of Ireland leaderboard

Title favourite Alan Dunbar remained at the head of affairs entering today’s final 36 holes in the East of Ireland Amateur Open at firm and fast County Louth.

The 21-year old Walker Cup prospect avoided the worst of the wet and windy morning conditions yet while he failed to take advantage of a major break in the weather after lunch he was still pleased to limit the ‘damage’ to a level par 72.

“I struggled today but I still managed to get it around,” said Dunbar, who leads by a stroke on four under par 140 from Galway’s Eddie McCormack, Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy and Headfort’s Rory McNamara, who carded a best of the day 68 in the worst of the early conditions.

Cutler on course for rare West-Close double

Paul Cutler is out on his own at Shannon. But there’s always someone lurking ….Portstewart’s Paul Cutler will be bidding to follow in the footsteps on current world number six Rory McIlroy when he takes a one-stroke lead into the final two rounds of the Golfsure Irish Amateur Close Championship at Shannon today.

The 22-year old Walker Cup hopeful carded a one over par 73 on another blustery day to top the leaderboard on two under par and keep alive his hopes of completing a rare West of Ireland - Irish Close double last achieved by McIlroy at the European Club in 2006.

Cutler tops West qualifiers after brilliant 65

Co Sligo’s Gary McDermott hits off the new first tee in the second qualifying round at the West of Ireland Championship.Walker Cup hopeful Paul Cutler took advantage of idyllic conditions to fire a course record, six under par 65 and top the qualifiers for the matchplay stages of the West of Ireland Amateur Open at a sun-kissed Rosses Point.

East set for photo finish

The scoring didn’t quite match the scorching weather but Portmarnock’s James Fox and Portstewart international Paul Cutler are bracing themselves for a charge from the chasing pack as they head the field entering the final 36 holes of the East of Ireland Amateur Open at sun-baked Co Louth.

Lowry leads Lytham Trophy after 66

Irish Open bound Shane Lowry gave his Walker Cup selection hopes a boost when he fired a four-under par 66 to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Lytham Trophy.