Castle’s Daniel Holland tops qualifying at Royal Portrush

Dermot McElroy (left) and Cormac Sharvin (right) speak to Rory McNamara (centre)

Dermot McElroy (left) and Cormac Sharvin (right) speak to Rory McNamara (centre)

The leading contenders for the Cathedral Eye Clinic sponsored North of Ireland Championship made smooth progress at Royal Portrush yesterday.
Daniel Holland (Castle) topped qualifying on 136, following up an opening 70 with a 66 on the Dunluce. The 24-year-old, who spent the winter working at  a golf club in Florida, carded seven birdies and one bogey in his round.
Holland, who won the Mullingar Scratch Cup last year, took a cautious approach off the tee using a two iron and a three wood to keep the ball in play, a tactic that clearly worked as he recorded seven birdies and a single bogey in his round.
Irish internationals Reeve Whitson (Mourne) and Rory McNamara (Headfort GC) also eased into the match-play stages on 136 after both carded rounds of 69 on the Dunluce yesterday.
McNamara, who will turn professional at the end of this event, hit 15 greens in regulation but was unhappy with his putting performance.
“I lost a bit of concentration during the middle of the round and three putted the 11th but shook myself and birdied three out of the next four,” said Rory.
Whitson, who played alongside McNamara, followed the example of Holland and focused on staying out of trouble. He went to the turn in level par 35 with a birdie at the second and a bogey at the seventh. He birdied the 10th and 11th, dropped a shot at the par four 16th and closed with birdies at the 17th and 18th.
“I played nicely. It was all about hitting fairways and greens today,” said Reeve who credited an up and down par from the back of the 13th as key to keeping his round on track.
Defending champion Chris Selfridge (Moyola Park) made sure of his place in the match-play stages with a second round 70 on The Dunluce. Selfridge finished on 142, the same mark as Irish Close champion John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead) who recorded five birdies, an eagle, a bogey and two double-bogeys in his round of 70.
“I didn’t play well on Monday but I played much better today,” said Galbraith.
“I hit the range a bit earlier today to work on a few things and I was certainly hitting it a bit better. I’m looking forward to the match-play stages, I love it.”
The best round of the day came from 2013 Irish Boys champion Robin Dawson (Faithlegg) who whipped it around the Dunluce course in five under 65.
Dawson played in the British Amateur Championship last month and found the going much easier this time around collecting birdies at the second, fifth, ninth, 10th, 15th, 16th and 17th.
The highest profile casualty after the second round of qualifying was former Irish Close champion, Robbie Cannon, who finished on 152 with the cut falling at 149.
Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass) and Dermot McElroy (Ballymena) will take their places in the first round of match-play on Wednesday after returning from international duty with Ireland at the European Team Championships.
Matchplay draw – http://www.gui.ie/ulster/championship-documents/championships/north-of-ireland/2014/matchplay-draw.aspx

 

North of Ireland Amateur Championship
Sponsored by Cathedral Eye Clinic
Qualifiers – Valley scores first
1 Daniel Holland (Castle) 70/66 – 136
2 Reeve Whitson (Mourne) 67/69 – 136
3 Rory McNamara (Headfort GC) 67/69 -136
4 Robin Dawson (Faithlegg GC) 73/65 – 138
5 Gary McDermott (Carton House GC) 67/71 – 138
6 Michael Sinclair (Knock) 72/68 -140
7 Barry Anderson (The Royal Dublin) 70/70 – 140
8 Tom Harris (Castletown GC) 73/69 -142
9 Richard O’Donovan (Lucan) 73/69 – 142
10 John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead GC) 72/70 – 142
11 Chris Selfridge (Moyola Park) 72/70 -142
12 Ben Best (Rathmore) 70/72 – 142
13 Gary Collins (Rosslare GC) 74/69 – 143
14 Shaun Carter (Stackstown GC) 74/69 -143
15 Gareth Lappin (Belvoir Park GC) 74/69 – 143
16 Mark Morrissey (Mount Wolseley GC) 74/69 – 143
17 Simon Bryan (Delgany GC) 72/71 – 143
18 Darragh Coghlan (Portmarnock) 72/71 -143
19 Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint GC) 71/72 -143
20 Greg Mungovan (Headfort GC) 73/71 – 144
21 Tom Gandy (Castletown GC) 74/71 – 145
22 Stuart Grehan (Tullamore GC) 73/72 -145
23 Richard Bridges (Stackstown GC) 73/72 – 145
24 Gary McDowell (Rathmore) 72/73 – 145
25 Jonathan Yates (Naas GC) 71/74 – 145
26 Michael Reid (Galgorm Castle GC) 70/75 – 145
27 Simon McConnell (Ballyclare GC) 69/76 – 145
28 Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little) 67/78 – 145
29 Karl Murray (Delgany GC) 67/78 – 145
30 Paul Reavey (Warrenpoint GC) 77/69 – 146
31 Graeme Laird (Clandeboye) 76/70 – 146
32 Jordan Hood (Galgorm Castle GC) 73/73 – 146
33 Daniel Vaughan (Ardglass GC) 73/73 – 146
34 Andrew Clegg (Donaghadee GC) 73/73 – 146
35 Rory Leonard (Banbridge GC) 72/74 – 146
36 Eugene Smith (Ardee) 71/75 – 146
37 Joseph Timlin (Castletown GC) 75/72 – 147
39 Ally Purdy (Ballyclare GC) 75/72 -147
40 Evan Farrell (Ardee) 74/73 – 147
41 David Mulholland (Castlerock GC) 74/73 – 147
42 Keith Egan (Carton House GC) 74/73 – 147
43 Ryan Gribben (Warrenpoint GC) 73/74 – 147
44 Matthew McClean (Balmoral GC) 72/75 – 147
45 William Russell (Clandeboye) 71/76 – 147
46 Matthew Fitzsimons (Ardglass GC) 71/76 – 147
47 Richard Knightly (The Royal Dublin) 70/77 – 147
48 Aaron Grant (Dundalk GC) 68/79 – 147
49 William Hanna (Warrenpoint GC) 79/69 – 148
50 Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock) 75/73 – 148
51 Jake Whelan (Newlands) 74/74 – 148
52 Alexander Wilson (Portmarnock) 73/75 -148
53 Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene GC) 72/76 – 148
54 Rory Williamson (Holywood GC) 71/77 – 148
55 Kyle McCarron (North West) 66/82 – 148
56 Adam Mulhall (Ardglass GC) 77/72 – 149
57 Patrick McCrudden (Royal Portrush GC) 75/74 – 149
58 Robbie Pierse (Grange) 74/75 – 149
59 James Tisdale (USA) 74/75 – 149
60 Cian Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown) 74/75 – 149
61 David Sutton (Lurgan GC) 74/75 – 149
62 Shane McClean (Foyle) 73/76 – 149

 

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