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Hill forces his way into the reckoning at Monaghan Irish Challenge

October 6, 2018


Calum Hill plays his second shot on the seventh hole during day two of the Monaghan Irish Challenge event at Concra Wood Golf Club
(Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)


The dream of an Irish double is very much alive for Scotland’s Calum Hill after he finished the second day of the Monaghan Irish Challenge tied for the lead.
Hill, who triumphed at the NI Open back in August, posted a second round 69 (-3) to join Portugal’s Ricardo Santos and Sweden’s Niklas Lemke on seven under par.
“It was a good round. My short game got me through it for two-thirds of the round and then I put some nice shots together at the end, which was good,” said the 23-year-old.
“The conditions were milder. There wasn’t any drizzle and the wind wasn’t as gusty, so the course probably played a fraction easier but this is a tough course.
“When we played a practice round – me and a couple of pals – we felt it was a very tough course, so I’m very happy with seven under after two rounds.

“14 under par would be a very nice target over the weekend, but I don’t know where that would put me. I can’t complain about how it’s going so far, so another two rounds like that would be fine.”

Overnight leader Rhys Enoch fell away after a disappointing round of 76, four over par. However, Irishman Paul McBride remains in contention, three shots behind the leaders, with Ruaidhri McGee a further stroke behind following his five under par round of 67.
The 23-year-old McBride, who turned professional in June after spending four years playing college golf in the US is still trying to find his feet as a professional.
“It’s been tough. I really haven’t played terrible and I’ve been missing cuts by one or two shots,” said McBride who claimed a recent lesson with coach Neil Manchip had got him back on track.
“That’s what it’s like out here. Being able to be consistent is the thing that I’ve struggled with the most.”
He added; “The one thing I did well [today] was hit a lot of greens. I created a few chances but left myself 30 to 40 feet and two putted on the hard holes. I birdied some of the easier ones.”

Ruaidhri highlighted the impact of returning caddy, Madeline, for an improvement in his fortunes around the Christy O’Connor designed course in Castleblayney.
“I had her on the bag for the first half of the year and played great but she hasn’t caddied for me since July,” said the Derry golfer about his American girlfriend.
“It’s good to have a bit of company. She was at university but she is finished now so she is going to do the rest of the season. When you are walking around on your own it can be a long day but when you have someone to chat to, you chill out.”
Holywood amateur Tom McKibbin, playing on an invite, improved on his opening day 78 with a two over 74 but he missed the cut alongside the likes of Dermot McElroy, Michael Dallat, JR Galbraith, Jonathan Caldwell and Cormac Sharvin.
The cut fell at +2 with 62 players making it through to the weekend. Just seven Irish contenders made it through to the weekend. Joining McGee and McBride are Niall Kearney, Neil O’Briain, Kevin Phelan, Gavin Moynihan and Conor O’Rourke.


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.


New format never far from players’ minds at NI Open

August 11, 2017

Gary King (ENG) on the 11th tee during Round 1 of the NI Open
Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey

There’s a long held maxim in golf that you can’t win a tournament on the opening day but you can shoot yourself out of contention.
That dictum may never be more relevant than this week at the Galgorm Resort & Spa Northern Ireland Open presented by Modest! Golf.
The tournament has embraced a new format and it is forcing players to assess their position less in terms of leading and more in terms of remaining inside the top 24.
At the end of round one three players – Nick McCarthy, Ricardo Santos and Gary King led the way on five under par but the important score was three under par. It marked that all important potential cut-off point to reach Shootout Sunday.
“I’m very happy to start with a five under round on a golf course like that, which is playing really tough – certainly this year it’s tougher than I’ve ever seen it in the past few years,” said leader King.
“I’m trying to approach the tournament the same as any week. I’ll treat it as a three round stroke play event and then take it from there on Sunday, but the aim is to win the three days and then go again on Sunday.”
This year’s tournament will see a 36-hole cut following the close of play today to the top 60 players and ties. That will be followed on Saturday by another cut with the top 24 players making it through to Shootout Sunday, where five rounds of six-hole stroke play matches will decide the winner.

Daan Huizing
“In the end, it’s only about making the top 24
“If you are down the field, it doesn’t change anything because you have to get up
“A lot more guys are going to be charging on Saturday to make sure they are in the space for Sunday
“It is definitely different if you are leading big after three days because you are pretty much starting all over again.”

Gary Hurley
“I haven’t read too much into it.
“I didn’t play in the Spanish event that had something similar.
“I don’t really know what the format is to be honest. I’m just focused on making sure I’m in the mix for top 24 on Saturday – It’s anyone’s game then.