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Phelan hangs tough at Q-School

Kevin Phelan, pictured on the 18th in the first round of the US Open by Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieKevin Phelan has little room for manoeuvre entering the final round of the European Tour School’s First Qualifying Stage Section C test at Ribagolfe in Portugal.

Phelan remains on course at Q-School

Kevin Phelan is making steady progress at Q-School. Picture: David Lloyd / www.golffile.ieKevin Phelan is the only Irish player inside the qualifying places at the halfway stage of the First Qualifying Stage Section C at Ribagolfe in Portugal.

Whitson and Phelan make solid starts at School

Reeve WhitsonReeve Whitson opened with a two under 70 at Stage One of Q-School. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieMourne amateur Reeve Whitson matched former Ireland team mate Kevin Phelan when he opened with a two under 70 in the First Qualifying Stage Section C of the European Tour School in Portugal.

Top cat O'Hara chasing South cream

Paul O’Hara (Kilkenny) in action at Lahinch. Picture: Thos Caffrey / www.golffile.ieKilkenny might have relinquished their All Ireland hurling title but the pain of Sunday will ease considerably for Paul O’Hara if he can come through to win the South of Ireland Amateur Open at storied Lahinch today.

South of Ireland - Day Four

Paul O'HaraPaul O’Hara lines up a putt on the third at Lahinch. Picture: Thos Caffrey / www.golffile.ieCairndhu’s Ryan McKinstry dodged a bullet to beat Rathmore’s Ben Best at the 23rd and reach the semi-finals of the South of Ireland Amateur Open at Lahinch.

Morgan one clear in Mullingar

Daniel Holland and Des Morgan swap cards after the third round.Des Morgan has a one stroke lead with a round to play in the Mullingar Scratch Cup but with just six shots separating the top 14, a tight finish looks certain.

Morgan dream alive at Mullingar

Dessie Morgan hits his tee shot at the fifh on the first day of the Mullingar Scratch Cup. Picture: Thos Caffrey www.golffile.ie…Des Morgan kept his dream of a first home win in the Mullingar Scratch Trophy alive when he added a 70 to his superb five under 67 to take a two stroke lead over Castle’s Daniel Holland into today’s 36-hole finale.

O'Donovan lurking at Lytham

Lucan’s Richard O’Donovan is just three shots off the lead with 36 holes to play in the Lytham Trophy.Lucan’s Richie O’Donovan carded one of the rounds of the day to go into the final 36-holes of the Lytham Trophy just three shots behind Woodhall Spa’s Nathan Kimsey.

Miller gives MGA the Carey Cup

Mike Miller in action at The Europeab Club on Monday. Picture: Pat CashmanMike Miller boosted his hopes of a US Walker Cup call up when he snatched a dramatic half in the last match of the day to give the Metropolitan Golf Association of New York the Carey Cup and its first away win over a GUI selection.

GUI outfit dodges bullet at The European Club

A view of the approach to the uphill, par-four fourth at The European Club, Co Wicklow. Picture courtesy Pat Ruddy. A six-man GUI team dodged a late bullet to remain on course to win back the Governor Hugh Carey Challenge Cup in the biennial friendly with the Metropolitan Golf Association of New York at The European Club.

Transatlantic battle at The European Club

The European Club plays host to another prestigious event this weekend with the staging of the Carey Cup between the GUI and the MGA. (Above) The par-five 13th and the Irish Sea. (Courtesy Pat Ruddy)The first shots were fired in an Am-Am today but the really heavy guns will come out on Sunday and Monday when a six-man GUI team takes on the Metropolitan Golf Association of New York for the Carey Cup at The European Club.

McElroy fifth in South Africa

Dermot McElroy finished joint fifth as all eight Irish players finished in the top 30 in South AfricaDermot McElroy finished tied for fifth as Ireland’s eight-man squad had a successful week in the South African Stroke Play Championship.

McElroy finding form in South Africa

Dermot McElroy is going well in the South African Stroke Play. Pictured at Royal Portrush in last year’s Irish Close by Pat Cashman.Dermot McElroy fired an eagle and two birdies in a solid 70 to lie seven shots off the lead in the South African Stroke Play Championship in George.

It's Richard the sixth in South Africa

Lucan's Richard O'DonovanRichard O’Donovan is slowly finding form in South AfricaLucan’s Richard O’Donovan is just three strokes off the lead after the opening round of the South African Stroke Play Championship at the Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa.

Top class field set for Carlow test

Carlow Golf Club hosts the Midlands Senior Scratch Cup next weekend, Sept 8-9Current internationals Harry Diamond, Nicky Grant and Richard O’Donovan will be gunning for glory in the 63rd Midlands Senior Scratch Cup at Carlow next Saturday and Sunday.

Morgan poised to end 50-year Mullingar drought

Dessie Morgan in full flowDessie Morgan can become the first home winner in the 50-year history of the Mullingar Grant Thornton Scratch Trophy after a sensational second round 67 gave him a share of the lead ahead of today’s 36-hole finale.

Ireland pipped by Scots in Home Internationals

The victorious Scotland squad celebrates with the Raymond Trophy. Picture via ScottishGolf.orgIreland had to settle for second place after defeat to England and a big final day win for Scotland over Wales gave the hosts the Home Internationals on a countback at Glasgow Gailes.

Ireland caress Home Internationals title

Chris Selfridge can make a serious claim for an Eisenhower Trophy place with another good performance against England on the final day of the Home Internationals at Glasgow Gailes. Picture by Pat CashmanIreland stormed to a huge win over Wales to move into pole position for the Home Internationals title going into the final day at Glasgow Gailes, writes the Scottish Golf Union.

Ireland off to winning start at Home Internationals

Mourne’s Reeve Whitson won both his matches against Scotland. Picture by Pat CasmanIreland completed a spirited singles fightback to beat Scotland 8-7 in the Home Internationals when the weather delayed opening match was completed at Glasgow Gailes this morning.

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.