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Walker Cup boost for McElroy and O'Donovan

Dermot McElroy. Picture www.golffile.ieDermot McElroy and Richard O’Donovan did their chances of a Walker Cup call up no harm at all when they finished joint second behind the impressive Englishman Garrick Porteous in the Scottish Amateur Open Strokeplay at a blustery Southerness.

O'Donovan and McElroy lurking at Southerness

Richard O’Donovan is just one stroke off the lead with two rounds ot play in the Scottish Open Strokeplay at Southerness. Picture: Thos Caffrey www.golffile.ieLucan’s Richard O’Donovan birdied the last to lie just a shot off the lead entering today’ two rounds of the Carrick Neill Scottish Stroke Play Championship at Southerness.

O'Donovan makes fast start in Scotland

Richard O’Donovan at Royal Dublin last month. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieRichard O’Donovan is hoping to put four solid rounds together and give his Walker Cup hopes a boost after an opening 68 left him just two shots behind England’s Nathan Kimsey in the Scottish Amateur Open Strokeplay at Southerness.

Hurley flies the flag as Euro stars massacre the Montgomerie

Gary Hurley was delighted with his opening 68 at the Montgomerie Course. Picture: Pat CashmanWest Waterford’s Gary Hurley resisted the Montgomerie Course fear factor to save Ireland’s blushes on the opening day of the European Individual Amateur Championship at a sun-kissed Carton House.

The cream of European amateur golf showed the bunker-strewn, 7,300 yard “inland links” zero respect and while Sweden’s Daniel Jennevret took command with a sparking course record-equalling 64, Hurley and his Munster team mate Geoff Lenehan were the only members of the 17-strong home challenge to break par.