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NI Open – Robin flourishes in Sunday Shootout at Galgorm Castle

August 14, 2017

Robin Sciot-Siegrist winner of the 2017 NI Open

The fans were promised thrills and spills and the final day of the Galgorm Resort & Spa Northern Ireland Open presented by Modest! Golf delivered in style.
Shoot-out Sunday at Galgorm Castle produced tension and excitement with a flurry of eagles, birdies, and a remarkable albatross from Portugal’s Ricardo Santos.
In the end, Frenchman Robin Sciot-Siegrist survived five rounds of six-hole stroke play matches to lift the NI Open trophy.
The 23-year-old, in his first full season on the Challenge Tour, beat Italian Alessandro Tadini by two shots to collect the 28,888 euro first prize.
It’s great. It’s my first full year as a pro so I am so happy because I’ve been working really hard this winter and holding this trophy, I don’t know how to describe it, it’s just pure joy,” he said.
It’s unbelievable how many people are here this week – everything is full, the grandstands, it’s incredible how these crowds come out in Northern Ireland.”
Organisers and sponsors of this year’s event took something of a gamble by opting to ditch the traditional 72-hole stroke play format but it made for a highly entertaining final day, one that was embraced by the vast majority of the players.
Home hope, Cormac Sharvin, bowed out in the opening round, beaten by Santos but not surprisingly, Sciot-Siegrist was something of a convert.
The format is great. Six holes, you have to be really in it from the very beginning, you don’t have a chance to make any mistakes, and it’s great to change the format from what we usually play and I really enjoyed it,” he said.

I played something similar in La Cala in Spain and would like to see more of this type of format. I really like the match play style. I’ve played a lot of this type of golf and enjoy one on one, playing another guy instead of the course. I hope it will happen again in the future.”

Robin with Modest!Golf directors Mark McDonnell and Niall Horan.
Photos by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

After three rounds of strokeplay, the top 24 made it through to the matchplay stages on Sunday. Having qualified in mid-table, Robin made hard work of coming through yesterday’s early rounds and looked certain to lose out in the final against German Christian Braeunig.
He led by one playing the last hole before his German opponent chipped in for eagle, leaving the eventual winner with a nerve-jangling birdie putt to force an extra hole.
He duly holed it and, on the short play-off hole, put his tee shot to six foot for a birdie putt he would make; Braeunig’s tee shot was even closer but his putt lipped out and Sciot-Siegrist advanced.
He played some of his best golf in the final against Tadini who had beaten Daan Huizing, Matthias Schwab and Bradley Neil to reach the final two.
Sciot-Siegrist had makeable birdie putts on five of the six holes, converting three of them, including on the final hole, for a deserved victory.
I played seven tournaments on the Challenge Tour last year and this is my first full season, so I knew what the level was,” added Robin, whose mother hails from Dublin.
My goal has always been to win and I’m very happy I achieved that. It was obviously a very difficult win but enjoyable.”
Braeunig beat Neil for a career-best finish of third with Nemecz fifth, Ross Kellett sixth, Schwab seventh and Ricardo Santos – who came from behind in his second round match to win courtesy of an outrageous albatross on the final hole – completing the top eight.

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NI Open – Cormac Sharvin carries home hopes into Shootout Sunday

August 13, 2017

 

Matthias Schwab

The stage is set for an action-packed final day at the Galgorm Resort & Spa Northern Ireland Open presented by Modest! Golf.
Following three rounds of stroke play and two cuts, the field of 156 has been reduced to 24 players for today’s Shootout Sunday.
In this new format, competitors will engage in a series of head-to-head knock-out stroke play matches, with the player with the lowest total score over six holes progressing through the rounds.
A special shootout hole, a shortened version of the 18th, will be used should a playoff be required after any of the games.
Cormac Sharvin will carry home hopes into Sunday after booking his place in today’s finale with a fine five-under-par 66 that saw him move up 21 places on the leaderboard.
The Ardglass golfer will meet Portugal’s Ricardo Santos in round one this morning for the chance to face Chile’s Nico Geyger.
“I know Ricardo very well – I played a lot of Algarve golf with him in the winter,” said Cormac.
“He’s a really nice guy and he is obviously very experienced – he has played a lot of years on the European Tour.

“It will be a tough game but I think, If I can keep playing the way that I am playing – if I play well for six holes – I think I can beat him.”

Cormac was the only Irish golfer to make the third round cut which fell at five under par. Tournament ambassador Michael Hoey carded a third round one under par 70 to miss out as did Damien McGrane, Simon Thornton, Kevin Phelan and Neil O’Briain.
The 24-year-old Sharvin was weighing up his tactics ahead of his opening tee-shot today at 8.30am.
“It’s hard to know with this format. All you can do is play well and hope that it’s good enough,” he added.
“You are essentially playing your opponent but it is stroke play as well. It’s a weird format but obviously, if you are two or three shots ahead playing the last you will play it as a three-shotter.
“The beauty of this format is that you can shoot four over for six holes and still potentially make it through.
“All you can do is take it one shot at a time. You have to play smart because six holes isn’t very much so you have to take your chances.”
Sharvin at least had the luxury of booking his place in today’s field with some room to spare. A five-man playoff for the final two spots was required to determine the top 24
Austrian Matthias Schwab topped the three round leaderboard on 11 under par but Wil Besseling, Steven Brown, Julian Kunzenbacher, Max Orrin and Manuel Trappel all tied on five under par after 54 holes and had to go down the 18th again.
Orrin’s birdie on the first extra hole took him into Shootout Sunday, with Brown dropping out with a bogey; the other three all parred before Trappel birdied at the second time of asking and took the final place in the top 24.

 

NI Open Day two – Murray and Kellett lead way

August 12, 2017

Tom Murray

One cut down, another one to come at this year’s Galgorm Resort & Spa Northern Ireland Open presented by Modest! Golf.
After two days of jockeying for position, the tournament steps up a notch on Saturday with players bidding to finish inside the top 24 and earn a place in Shootout Sunday.
The two-round cut fell at level par on Friday with the magic mark to reach Shootout Sunday hovering around three under.
Ardglass golfer Cormac Sharvin, who finished the day on two under par alongside Irish players Damien McGrane, Simon Thornton and Neil O’Briain was considering a more aggressive approach on Saturday.
“I’m in a pretty good position to get into the last 24. I need one more good round tomorrow,” said Cormac.

“The second cut is around four under at the minute so it’s probably going to go to six.I probably need three or four under par at least tomorrow but you can’t get too aggressive around here.

“I need to be smart, take on flags when they are there but stay away from some tee shots when there is a bit of trouble around.”
Englishman Tom Murray and Scotland’s Ross Kellett lead the way on eight under par, with Austrian Lukas Nemecz a shot further back.
Murray knows how to win on Irish soil, his sole Challenge Tour victory to date came two years ago at the Irish Challenge in Co Carlow, and he is looking forward to the weekend’s contest.
“I don’t know what it is about Ireland but whether it’s south of the border or here up north, it seems to bring out the best in me,” said the 27-year-old.
“The course set up here is probably the best of the year and it feels like a European Tour event, so that helps boost everything, and everything around the event is so good. I’m playing well and putting well, the greens are perfect, so it’s so far so good.
“I was talking to Dominic Foos today on the course about the Shootout Sunday and we were saying how it’s hard, because at the moment it’s just playing like a normal tournament, so we don’t know what to expect really.

“You’ve just got to approach tomorrow how you normally would and go and try to win the tournament, all the boring stuff, shot by shot, then see where we are come Sunday and see what happens.”her back on seven under.”

A total of 73 players made it through to Saturday’s third round with just eight shots separating first from last. Amongst them was tournament ambassador Michael Hoey who had fully expected to miss the cut after following his opening round 69 with a 72 to finish on one under par.
“My game is not far away but it’s just not quite there. It was the same yesterday. I just left a few shots out there,” said Michael.
“The swing is good but I’m just not dialled in enough.”
Play gets underway this morning at 8.30am with the leaders going out at 10.30am.
In the event of a tie for 24th, a sudden death play-off will take place before a draw tomorrow evening to decide the match-play pairings.

Modest! Golf invite secures spot in NI Open for leading U18 player at NI Amateur Open

May 7, 2017

Cormac Sharvin

Two places in the NI Open are up for grabs at this year’s Northern Ireland Amateur Open at Galgorm Castle.
The winner plus the leading under-18 player will qualify for the NI Open, presented by Modest! Golf, as the golf management company extend their support of the NI Open.
The Northern Ireland Amateur Open, sponsored by Specsavers Ballymena, has become one of the province’s standout amateur championships since its inception in 2009 and this year promises to attract another quality field, especially with the added incentive of competing against Europe’s leading professionals from August 10-13.
“Last year we enjoyed a dramatic sudden death playoff before Warrenpoint’s Jamie Fletcher overcame local favourite Michael Reid from Galgorm Castle to add his name to the illustrious list of champions,” explained Galgorm Castle’s Ross Oliver.
“Walker Cup player Cormac Sharvin won in 2012, Ireland internationals Reeve Whitson (2010) and Tiarnon McLarnon (2015) also feature on the roll of honour, while Ballymena’s current shining light, Dermot McElroy, won in 2013 and went on to finish tied ninth at the NI Open and finish as leading amateur.”
Former winners such as Sharvin and McElroy will return to Galgorm to compete as touring professionals, illustrating the role tournament golf at Galgorm plays in the development of Ireland’s young amateurs and professionals.
This year’s Northern Ireland Amateur Open will also guarantee a place in the NI Open for the leading under-18 player, courtesy of an invite from Modest! Golf, as they continue to provide playing opportunities for young amateurs just like they did by inviting Tom McKibbin to play in the 2016 NI Open.

Niall Horan, Director of Modest! Golf, said: “We are excited to be involved in the Northern Ireland Amateur Open and are delighted to extend an invitation to the leading under-18 competitor. These guys are the future stars of the game and we want to support this next generation of talent.”

Tom McKibbin

Fellow Modest! Golf Director Mark McDonnell commented: “We hope this invitation to the leading under-18 player will encourage more applicants from this age group than ever before.
It’s a great platform to test and improve their game and we must thank Galgorm Castle and the European Challenge Tour as always for supporting our values and vision.”
The prestigious 36-hole strokeplay event holds a key date in a busy summer schedule for the game’s elite amateurs.
The Northern Ireland Amateur Open doesn’t clash with other championships and is expected to attract a strong field, not only for the chance to win but for the opportunity to compete in one of the best professional events on the European schedule.
Amateurs competing in the NI Open will also have the opportunity to earn ranking points in the Challenge Tour’s Road to Oman, but before that, all focus will be on becoming the 2017 Northern Ireland Amateur Open champion.
Entry forms can be downloaded at niopen.golf or galgormcastle.com.
The closing date for entries is Monday July 3rd, 2017, entry is £35/€45 and includes lunch. For further information contact the Galgorm Castle Professional Shop on +44 (0) 28 2564 6161.

Info courtesy of Paul Gallagher

Injury free Chris Selfridge sets sights on breakthrough Challenge Tour win in 2017

March 22, 2017


Far away from the glitz and glamour of the WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas the Challenge Tour is finally getting under way in Kenya tomorrow.
Europe’s second-tier is emerging from hibernation and Cormac Sharvin, Michael Hoey, Gary Hurley and Chris Selfridge have been enticed to Nairobi’s Muthaiga Golf Club for the season opener.
Selfridge is eager to get going after his 2016 campaign was wrecked by a niggling wrist problem. A similar injury also put paid to his Euro Tour Q-School ambitions in 2015.
“I tore a ligament in my wrist a few weeks after the NI Open in August,” said the 24-year-old who is embarking on his third season on tour.
“I was out for a few weeks and then I came back for the Kazakhstan Open and it happened again as I was hacking out of the rough. I knew straight away.
“So then I was out for another four weeks, came back to play in the UAE and went to Q-School but I never made it through. By that stage I was healthy, but just too rusty.”
Chris has spent the off-season working with physios at the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland (SINI) and other experts to strengthen and protect the problem area and early season preparations have been positive.
“I haven’t had any issues while I have been playing and practicing,” he added.
“The last two seasons I have been looking good to make it to the European Tour.
“In 2015 the injury happened at Q-School when I was playing really well. And then last year, right in the middle of the season when I was in the top 30 of the Challenge Tour rankings.

“It is frustrating, but golf is frustrating, there is nothing else for it; you have to get on with it.

“I went to Portugal for a few weeks in January to play some mini-tour golf.
“It was a chance to ‘stress test’ the wrist and it went well, I played some pretty good golf considering I hadn’t played a lot of competitive golf in two and half months.”


In two full seasons on tour Chris had proven himself a consistent performer but that first win is proving elusive. His best finish is a tie for fourth at the Challenge de Madrid last year.
He needs to make that breakthrough and maybe having the experienced Michael Hoey around can help.
Hoey, who lost his full European Tour card last year has four wins at Challenge Tour level, the last of those coming at the Madeira Islands Open in 2011. The 38-year-old recently showed some signs of a return to form by finishing tied for eighth at the Hero India Open.
“We are rooming together in Kenya. He is a good guy to be around,” added Chris.
“I’m looking forward to getting the season started again and I would love to finally get a win.
“I know I am good enough, I have played loads of good golf, it’s just a matter of continuing to work hard, keep doing what I am doing and the results will come.”

Damien McGrane matches young guns on rain delayed day one at NI Open

July 29, 2016
Damien McGrane (IRL) on the 17th tee during Round 1 of the Tayto Northern Ireland Open in partnership with Ulster Bank at Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Ballymena Co. Antrim on Thursday 28th July 2016. Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey All photos usage must carry mandatory copyright credit (© Golffile | Thos Caffrey)

Damien McGrane (IRL) on the 17th tee during Round 1 of the Tayto Northern Ireland Open in partnership with Ulster Bank at Galgorm Castle 
Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey

Damien McGrane proved once again that there is no substitute for experience as he forced his way into the lead at a rain interrupted day one of the Tayto NI Open at Galgorm Castle.
The 45-year-old matched the young guns of the Challenge Tour, carding a mistake free six birdie round of 65 on a course softened by an overnight deluge that forced play to be delayed by six hours.
“I played lovely from start to finish, hit a lot of good tee shots and found the middle of the fairways,” said McGrane who came into the tournament on the back of two recent victories on the PGA in Ireland circuit.
“I was able to be patient and holed a couple coming in to reach six under. It was a stress free round which doesn’t often happen but it happened today.
“I don’t have any expectations. I just want to do well and put on a good show.”
McGrane was joined at the top of the leaderboard by Sam Hutsby, Bernd Ritthammer, Ben Stowm Daniel Gaunt, Dylan Frittelli and another Irish player, Rory McNamara.
Damien added; “I think the course here has some birdie opportunities but you have to hit the fairways to have a chance. Funnily enough, even after all the rain if you hit the middle of the fairway the ball does want to run 20 yards.

“Its very playable, the greens are soft now but they were very, very good for us to putt on because we were out early. We made the best of the conditions it was nice to get off to a good start.”

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Play was eventually suspended for the day at 9pm with 26 groups still to finish the first round, amongst them, Dermot McElroy and Cormac Sharvin.
They face a long day on Friday as they will return to wrap up round one at 8am before heading out again to begin their second rounds.
Those players lucky enough to have completed their opening rounds on Thursday will begin their second rounds on Friday afternoon/evening.
Tournament ambassador Michael Hoey was amongst the players to get finished round one yesterday and will have a welcome lie in on Friday morning.
Hoey fired a three under par round of 68 to put himself firmly on track to make the cut at the fourth time of asking.
“I didn’t play great but got it round ok. It’s wasn’t playing that difficult, it’s soft and it’s target golf,” said Michael.

“At least I’m not out of the tournament which I have been by this stage in recent years. Now I can relax and see what I can do over the next few days.”

Michael added; “There was a point there today when I was struggling a bit. I bogeyed the third and made a couple of poor swings but I dug in well, finished strongly, made some good swings and picked up three birdies in a row.
“I could easily have gone the other way if I hadn’t dug in well, that was a big turning point.”
Michael’s three under par total was matched by Whitehead amateur John Ross Galbraith who collected four birdies and dropped only one shot in a strong performance.
“I drove the ball really well today. I think I only missed two fairways,” said John Ross who missed defending his North of Ireland Championship at Royal Portrush because of a neck injury.
“I was driving it pretty long and straight so I was able to give myself opportunities going into the greens. My iron play wasn’t bang on or I could have gone really, really low today
“I missed a few chances on the greens as well but overall it was decent start.”

Live scoring from Tayto NI Open in partnership with Ulster Bank

Home grown young stars will be main attraction at Tayto NI Open claims ambassador Hoey

June 21, 2016
Mr Tayto keeps an eye on Tournament Ambassador Michael Hoey’s bunker play’ (Photo: Ewan Harkness)

Mr Tayto keeps an eye on Tournament Ambassador Michael Hoey’s bunker play’ (Photo: Ewan Harkness)

Another exceptionally strong field is being lined up to compete at this year’s Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank.
The Challenge Tour will return to Ballymena venue, Galgorm Castle, for the fourth year in succession from July 28-31.
“The Tayto NI Open will have another great field because there are so many good young Irish players who have turned professional in recent years. You could pick out any one of six or seven, who will all feature at Galgorm.
“Their presence is a real boost for the tournament,” said Tournament Ambassador Michael Hoey in reference to the ‘Famous Five’ Irish Walker Cup players from 2015 plus other Irish players plying their trade on the Challenge Tour or are proven winners on the European Tour.
“Damien (McGrane), Peter (Lawrie) and Simon (Thornton) have all indicated to me they are keen to play at Galgorm. Then you have the exciting new talent like Gary Hurley, Gavin Moynihan, Cormac Sharvin and others who will play.”

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Perhaps the most excitement of all surrounds the youngest player in the field after teenage sensation Tom McKibbin received an invite to compete with Europe’s top professionals.
“I’ve played with Tom a few times and he’s a great lad. He and his family are very grounded, there will be no expectations. You have to remember, he is still only 13. That said he is the real deal and can hit the shots. I hope he enjoys the experience,” added Hoey.

You can listen to Tom here on the NI Golf Podcast

The week-long festival of golf, combined with the dedicated Food Festival, art exhibition from golf portrait specialist Mark Robinson, Fun Golf Area, NI Open Village and more promises to serve up something special for all the family.
Tickets for the Tayto NI Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, are free and can be secured by registering online at niopen.golf.

NI Strokeplay winner to earn place in NI Open field

May 12, 2016
The 18th at Galgorm Castl

The 18th at Galgorm Castle

There will be added incentive to win this year’s prestigious North of Ireland Amateur Open Strokeplay title at Galgorm Castle as the winner will also book their place in the Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at the same venue.
The North of Ireland Strokeplay, sponsored by Specsavers Ballymena, takes place at the renowned Ballymena venue on Tuesday 28th June and entry for the 36-hole tournament is now open. One month later the lucky winner will return to Galgorm Castle to compete alongside the professionals in the European Challenge Tour’s record-breaking NI Open from July 28-31.
Galgorm Castle has always proved a great test of tournament golf and the North of Ireland Strokeplay tournament has produced some great champions over the years. Local favourite Dermot McElroy won in 2013 and went on to compete in the inaugural NI Open when the Irish international finished tied ninth on six-under 278 behind winner Daan Huizing from The Netherlands. The Ballymena amateur was joint leading Irishman alongside Jonny Caldwell that year.
Former Irish internationals Reeve Whitson (2010) and Cormac Sharvin (2012) are also included on the North of Ireland Strokeplay roll of honour. Sharvin was part of the ‘Famous Five’ Irish contingent who won the Walker Cup representing Great Britain and Ireland against the Americans at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2015.
Like a number of Ireland’s top amateurs, Sharvin (2015) and Whitson (2014) joined the professional ranks in recent years and the NI Open will be a great opportunity to see these players in action as they make their way in the paid ranks.
Massereene’s Tiarnan McLarnon won last year’s North of Ireland Strokeplay by three shots after rounds of 68, 69 gave him a five-under 137 winning total.
Several key improvements have been made to the course over the last 12 months. The championship tee at the second has been extended and a new bunker complex added along the fairway to further enhance this risk, reward par four. The championship tee box at the eighth was also extended on a course that now measures over 7,100 yards.
Entry for the North of Ireland Strokeplay is £35 (€45) and includes lunch. The closing date for entries is Monday 13th June. Download the entry form at http://www.niopen.golf/noi-strokeplay-2016/ or for further information contact the professional shop at Galgorm Castle on +44 (0) 28 2564 6161.

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Selfridge looking to reach next level via Challenge Tour route

February 26, 2016
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Chris Selfridge

With the start of the Challenge Tour season just three weeks away, Chris Selfridge has taken himself off to Spain for a short pre-season shake-down.
The 23-year-old is trying to shake off the competitive rust by playing in a couple of Evolve Pro Tour events. He finished tied for fifth at the Hacienda Riquelme Open on Tuesday and declared himself happy with his progress.
“I was actually pleasantly surprised how it went for my first competitive round,” he said.
“I came out here with the intention of getting sharp but I felt pretty good, certainly a lot better than this time last week when I was practicing at home.”
The Moyola man found his feet very quickly as a professional golfer last year. He played in 12 events on the Challenge Tour and made 12 cuts, easily securing his playing rights for the 2016 season.
He travelled on to the Euro Tour Q-School and looked set to earn his tour card before a wrist injury forced him out before the final round.
“I suffered a bit of ligament damage and I definitely couldn’t play,” continued Chris who has added a caddy, Gavin McCreedy, to his ‘team’ this year.
“It was bad timing in that it was at Q-School but you could also consider it good timing as it happened at a time of the year when I could rest it.
“It needed some treatment but there’s no issues now and I’m ready to start in Kenya next month.

“I’m going to concentrate fully on the Challenge Tour this year, play in all the events and try to make my way onto the main tour that way.

“I probably could get a couple of starts on the Euro tour with my category but I don’t think there is any point in doing that. The only one I would love to play in is the Irish Open at the K Club. I have never played in an Irish Open even as an amateur.”
The one thing missing in 2015 was a win, or even a run of top 10 finishes and Chris admits that’s an area he will have to improve on if he wants to make that step up from the Challenge Tour to the European Tour via the Order of Merit.
“My best finish last year was ninth but you really need a number of top five finishes,” he added.
“I had six top 20s out of my 12 events. That’s very good, very steady but I played well in the odd event, shot 12-16 under and at the end of the week I’d actually moved down the Order of Merit because those people finishing in the top 10 moved past me.
“It sounds daft but you would almost be better missing the odd cut if you managed to finish inside the top five when you did play on the weekend simply because the difference between fifth and 10th is so significant in terms of prize money.”
Chris is one of 12 professional golfers who have received funding through the Team Ireland golf scheme. The total budget for Team Ireland Golf in 2016 is €200,000. The funding for the scheme is provided by Sport Ireland.
The budget includes allocations for the GUI Academy and for the ILGU and GUI Performance Managers who work with the golfers on the scheme. The budget also includes funding for the Irish Challenge event at Mount Wolseley, which will be held from 8-11 September.
The two largest allocations in 2016 will go to Paul Dunne and Stephanie Meadow, both of whom will receive €20,000 in funding. Meadow will be competing primarily on the Symetra Tour, which is a developmental tour for the LPGA Tour.
She made an incredible start to her professional career in 2014 when she secured a third place finish at the US Women’s Open and will hope to qualify for the Olympics this August.
Stephanie said: “I am so thankful for the continued support of Team Ireland. Their support allows me to train at the highest possible level and prepare to the best of my ability for the season. I am proud to be a part of team Ireland.”
Team Ireland Grant Allocations – Paul Dunne, Stephanie Meadow, Kevin Phelan, Chris Selfridge, Ruaidhri McGee, Gary Hurley, Gavin Moynihan, Cormac Sharvin, Brian Casey, Alan Dunbar, Jeff Hopkins, Reeve Whitson

 

Campbell savours team success with Ireland

August 17, 2015
Colm Campbell (Ireland) bunkered at the 11th green on the first day of the 2015 Home International Matches at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Colm Campbell (Ireland) bunkered at the 11th green on the first day of the 2015 Home International Matches at Royal Portrush Golf Club.
Picture by Pat Cashman

Ireland’s remarkable summer of amateur success shows no signs of running out of steam.
Victory in the Home Internationals at Royal Portrush earned Ireland back-to-back titles for the first time since 1992 and they did so without three of their more experienced players in Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass), Gary Hurley (West Waterford), and Paul Dunne (Greystones) who are in America, preparing for the US Amateur Championship.
It was a personal triumph for Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell who made the telling contribution in the final match against Wales, wrapping up a 4&3 victory over Greig Marchbank to put Ireland over the line.
Campbell formed a formidable foursomes partnership with John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead) and finished the event unbeaten with 5.5 points out of six, earning the Player of the Tournament award.
“I put it right up there as the highlight of my career alongside winning East of Ireland Championship,” said Colm.

“To stay undefeated was a great achievement and then to cap it all off by winning the player of the tournament. It was a great week all round.”

Ireland made a shaky start to the Championship, drawing their opening tie with England 7.5-7.5 but they improved from there, beating Wales 9.5-5.5 before crushing Scotland 11-4.
“There is a great connection between the Ireland players, everyone gets on really well and I think that’s a great reflection on Irish golf at the minute,” added Colm.
“Look at the team, we had a couple of potential Walker Cup players, and a host of Championship winners in Stuart Grehan, Dermot McElroy and John Ross Galbraith but there are no egos, no-one running around saying they are better than anyone else.
“It’s great to be part of that environment and it seeps out onto the course. On Friday everyone else was finished and John Ross was the only player out on the course, but everyone went out to watch him play the last couple of holes, that speaks volumes.”
Galbraith finished the event with 4.5 points out of six and relished the opportunity to play the anchor role at the bottom of the singles order throughout the week.
“Tony [Goode – Irish Captain] said at the start of the week that he was going to put me in the anchor role,” said Galbraith, winner of the North of Ireland Championship back in July.

“It was nice to get that vote of confidence, that if it came down to me he had trust in me to come through. I enjoy that – when the pressure on – it almost makes me play better.

“It was a great week. Me and Colly [Campbell] sort of said at the start of the week that we fancied playing together in the foursomes. We thought we could do well together and we gelled really well and played some good golf.
“Everyone on the team was playing well and I always thought we were going to be hard to beat, so it was really good to pull it off.”
With Walker Cup selection on the horizon hopes are high that Ireland could have five representatives in the team to face America at Royal Lytham & St Annes (September 12-13).