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Irish stars chasing major prizes on English soil

​​The Golfing Union of Ireland have named six-man squads for The Amateur Championship (Royal St George's and Prince's, 19-24 June) and the European Individual Amateur Championship (Walton Heath, 28 June-1 July)​

  • 19 June 2017

Caption: Paul McBride (The Island) reached the semi-finals of The Amateur Championship in 2016


THE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - STROKE PLAY SCORING​

Narrowly beaten in last year's semi-finals, Paul McBride will try to recapture his 2016 form as he prepares for The Amateur Championship at Royal St George's and Prince's.

The Island international leads a six-man GUI squad for this year's tournament, which begins on Monday, 19 June. Ireland's six Walker Cup panelists have been selected to represent the GUI at The Amateur Championship as well as the European Individual, which takes place at Walton Heath from 28 June to 1 July.

Tullamore's Stuart Grehan is currently the highest ranked Irish player in the world at 45 with McBride also inside the world's top 100 at 74. Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint), Robin Dawson (Tramore), Alex Gleeson (Castle) and Conor O'Rourke (Naas) will also compete for the title, which was won by Rathmore's Alan Dunbar in 2012. After two rounds of stroke play qualifying, the top 64 and ties qualify for the match play stages, which begin on Wednesday, 21 June.

The same six players travel to Walton Heath the following week for the European Individual Amateur Championship, which takes place on the Old Course. With a 54-hole cut, the top 60 and ties after round three will progress to the final day (1 July).

Ireland captain Tony Goode (Lucan) will accompany both sides along with team manager John Carroll (Bandon) at The Amateur Championship and Michael Delany (Laytown & Bettystown), who will serve as team manager at the European Individual.

GUI SQUADS
The Amateur Championship (Royal St George's & Prince's, 19-24 June): Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint), Robin Dawson (Tramore), Alex Gleeson (Castle), Stuart Grehan (Tullamore), Conor O'Rourke (Naas), Paul McBride (The Island).

European Individual Amateur Championship (Walton Heath, 28 June-1 July): Paul McBride (The Island), Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint), Robin Dawson (Tramore), Alex Gleeson (Castle), Conor O'Rourke (Naas), Stuart Grehan (Tullamore).