Gary McDermott

Wide open out West

The picture above is not Rosses Point and the golfer on the right is not Kevin LeBlanc. It's Henrik Stenson, the current world No 2, when he played in the 2011 Masters and the man with the bag is Sligo's Jude O'Reilly.

Wide open out West

McDermott two clear at Royal Dublin

County Sligo's Gary McDermott birdied two of his last three holes to take a two-stroke lead over Scotland's Jamie Savage and the Isle of Man's Tom Gandy at the halfway stage of the Irish Amateur Open at Royal Dublin.

McDermott two clear at Royal Dublin

Murray advances at windy Connemara

Pat Murray (Limerick) plays from the rough at the 14th during his second round matchplay of the AIG sponsored Irish Amateur Close Championship at Connemara Golf Club. Picture by Pat CashmanOn a day when gale force winds almost got the better of players in the AIG sponsored Irish Close Championship in Connemara, former Close champion Pat Murray from Limerick marched on into the last sixteen unabated, seeing off Irish international Alex Gleeson and close friend Eoin Arthurs in the process, writes the GUI.

Clinical Dunne the man to catch at Baltray

Paul Dunne has a four shot lead with two rounds to go. Archive picture by Pat Cashman Youth will have its fling at Baltray today with Greystones’ Paul Dunne heading a trio of Irish Youths champions in a 36-hole battle for the coveted East of Ireland Amateur Open title.

Gorey refuses to surrender

Niall Gorey drives on the eighth in the quarterfinal win over Gary McDermott. Photo Jenny Matthews/www.golffile.ieYou know you’re doing something right when you impress such an august triumvirate as former West of Ireland champions Des Smyth, Barry Reddan and Declan Branigan with your play in freezing, 30mph gales.

McDermott remains on course at Rosses Point

Gary McDermott hits his tee shot to the 16th in the third round of the West of Ireland Championship. Picture Jenny Matthews/www.golffile.ieGary McDermott remained on course to end County Sligo’s 63-year wait for a home-grown winner when he beat Knock’s Nicky Grant 3 and 2 to reach the quarter-finals of the West of Ireland Amateur Open at a bitterly cold Rosses Point.

McDermott in his element in icy West

Gary McDermottGary McDermott made just one bogey in the second round, here at the 14th, in an otherwise faultless display. Picture courtesy www.countysligogolfclub.ieYouth had its fling on the opening day of matchplay combat in the West of Ireland Championship. But while there were plaudits for the likes of teenagers Gareth Lappin, Paul McBride and former boy wonder Jack Hume, it was local hero Gary McDermott who made the biggest impression in Artic-like conditions at Rosses Point.

Carnage on the links as scores soar at Rosses Point

The 17th at Rosses Point took its toll in the first round of the West of Ireland Championship.Rosses Point bared its teeth in no uncertain terms as a tough course set up, exacerbated by an Arctic-like east wind and a sub-zero windchill factor, allowed just 42 players in the 123-strong to break 80 in the opening qualifying round of the West of Ireland Amateur Open.

Fox in command in the East

James Fox extended his three shot overnight lead to four in the East of Ireland Amateur Open in Baltray. Picture by Pat CashmanJames Fox can follow in the footsteps of his brother Noel if he takes advantage of a four-stroke overnight lead and wins the East of Ireland Amateur Open at Baltray tomorrow.

Fantastic Mr Fox leads at Baltray

F is for Fox. James Fox during the Close last week. Picture by Pat CashmanPortmarnock’s James Fox bounced back from two early bogeys when he fired two eagles in a six under 66 to take a three-stroke clubhouse lead in the East of Ireland Amateur Open at County Louth.