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Selfridge defeats Grant in play-off for East crown

Winner winner. Chris Selfridge roars with delight after sinking his putt for a winning par four at the ninth. Picture by Pat Cashman.Moyola Park’s Chris Selfridge captured his second amateur major in the space of eight days when he beat Knock’s Nicky Grant by a stroke in a three-hole aggregate play-off for the East of Ireland Amateur Open at Co Louth. In winning, he became the first man since Garth McGimpey in 1988 to claim the ‘Close’ and the ‘East’ in the same season.

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.

Magnificent Connacht snatch first Interpros for 28 years

Connacht claimed the Interprovinal title for the first time for 28 years. Picture courtesy County Sligo GC.Connacht mounted an incredible singles comeback to clinch an unlikely tie with Leinster and snatch the Interprovincial Championship for the first time in 28 years at County Sligo.

Dunbar lives up to favourite's tag at Baltray

The 14th at Baltray, host venue for the East of Ireland Amateur Open.Red tape stopped Alan Dunbar teeing it up in the prestigious St Andrew Links Trophy but the 21-year old still sent the Walker Cup selectors a clear message by snatching the first round lead in the East of Ireland Amateur Championship at County Louth.

The 21-year old Walker Cup prospect, who was frustrated to miss out on a chance to impress at St Andrews this week because the GUI refuses to use the exemptions at its disposal when tournaments clash with their own championships, opened with a four-under par 68 at the fast-running Baltray links.

Caldwell on track at Moyvalley

Jonathan Caldwell recovered from a rogue double bogey midway through his round to keep his victory dream alive in the €150,000 Challenge of Ireland at Moyvalley.

The 25-year old Ulsterman is lurking just a stroke behind Sweden’s Ake Nilsson (68) after a second successive 68 left him tied with Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts on eight under par.

Jonny looking goodStruggling to keep his playing privileges on the main tour as he languishes €120,000 outside the top 115, he’s determined to grab what could prove to be a card-saving chance on the second tier tour.

Targeting a cheque for €24,000 that would catapult him into the top 15 on the Challenge Tour rankings, the Q-School graduate birdied the seventh and eagled the eighth before recovering from a double bogey at the ninth with birdies at the 12th, 15th and 18th.

Irish Boys head for Sawgrass

RQB, the Irish Company which owns  the Sawgrass Golf Resort in Florida , is providing a unique opportunity to two young elite Irish Golfers by sponsoring their trip to the Junior Players Championship at Sawgrass at the end of August. In its short two-year history it has already established itself as one of the most prestigious events in Junior Golf worldwide.