Murray advances at windy Connemara
On 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.
McDermott in his element in icy West
Youth 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
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.