Amateurs: Brilliant bounce back for Gleeson; Major prize for Mehaffey; Mulligan suffers defeats
Castle and UCD's Alex Gleeson bounced back from last week's defeat to Tiarnan McLarnon in the AIG Irish Amateur Close final when he claimed the Irish Youths and helped UCD win the Irish College Invitational Tournament at Moyola Park.
Golfing Union of Ireland - Fixtures 2015
Apart from the unfortunate clash of the Irish Open at Royal County Down with the first two days of the East of Ireland Championship at Baltray, the golfing calendar looks promising with the Interpros at Rosapenna, the British Senior Amateur at Royal County Down, the Home Internationals at Royal Portrush and the Irish Close at Tramore.
Hurley and Dunne make St Andrews Trophy; Jacques Leglise for Lester
While the unavailability of world No 19 Gavin Moynihan may have denied Ireland a third spot in the Great Britain and Ireland side for the St Andrews Trophy, the presence of Greystones' Paul Dunne and West Waterford's Gary Hurley was the least Irish golf could have expected from the R&A.
Big three in Japan - Eisenhower call for Dunne, Hurley and Moynihan
The Golfing Union of Ireland has picked Paul Dunne (Greystones), Gary Hurley (West Waterford) and Gavin Moynihan (The Island) to represent Ireland in the World Amateur Team Championship for the Eisenhower Trophy at Karuizawa Golf Club in Japan from 10-13 September.
Continental shift at Portmarnock
Read the small print on any financial product and it will say: “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.”
The same could be said for the balance of power in Europe after the Continent of Europe claimed both the St Andrews Trophy and the Jacques Léglise Trophy on a day when the winds of change blew ominously for British and Irish golf at a magnificent Portmarnock.
GB&I pen pics: St Andrews Trophy ~ Jacques Leglise Trophy
Alan Dunbar, 22, hails from Rathmore, Northern Ireland, the same club that spawned 2010 US Open champion, Graeme McDowell. He comes into the St Andrews Trophy as the holder of The Amateur Championship having beaten Austria’s Matthias Schwab on the 36th hole of this year’s final at Royal Troon.