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Ireland players competing at Boys Amateur in Saunton

​​​​16 players from Ireland contesting R&A Boys Amateur Championship at Saunton (13-18 August)

  • 14 August 2019

​Picture: Irish Boys champion Aaron Marshall (Lisburn) | Cashman Photography

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The R&A Boys Amateur Championship is underway at Saunton GC with 16 players from Ireland in the field.

Among the travelling contingent from Ireland are Luke O'Neill (Connemara), winner of the German Boys Championship earlier this season, and Irish Boys champion Aaron Marshall (Lisburn). O'Neill and Marshall played for Ireland at the Boys Home Internationals and they are joined in the field at Saunton by six of their international teammates: Joseph Byrne (Baltinglass), Dylan Keating (Seapoint), Max Kennedy (Royal Dublin), Josh Mackin (Dundalk), Joshua McCabe (Roganstown), Simon Walker (Roscommon).

Eoin Sullivan (Carton House) played at the US Junior Amateur last month. Also competing at Saunton are Sean Downes (Royal Dublin), Sean Doyle (Black Bush), Robert Galligan (Elm Park), Ryan McNelis (Fintona), Keaton Morrison (Holywood), Sam Murphy (Portumna) and Adam Smith (Mullingar).

The Boys Amateur Championship runs from 13-18 August with 252 competitors from 33 countries in the field. There will be two qualifying rounds of stroke play before the leading 64 players and ties progress to match play.

Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes excluding Sunday's final, which will be played over 36 holes.

Players from as far afield as Australia, Puerto Rico, South Africa and the United States of America will join a strong contingent from Great Britain and Ireland and mainland Europe to contest the championship which has previously been won by some of the biggest names in world golf.

The winner will earn exemptions into the 2020 Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale and West Lancashire and Final Qualifying for The Open.