Young golfers to the fore on three fronts

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Cormac Sharvin’s scorecard from his first round on the European tour as a pro.


Cormac Sharvin off to a flyer in Perth

Former Irish Close champion and Brabazon trophy winner Cormac Sharvin has made a most impressive start to his European Tour career with an opening 68. This despite a 6 and a 7 on the card. Widely touted as the most naturally talented of all our young guns, Sharvin had a couple of warm up events down under in preparation for his European tour debut. While they did not go quite to plan, there is little doubt he has the potential to go along way in the game. I remember speaking with a Mr Edward McCormack Esquire after he had just lost by 1 hole to Cormac in the Close in Ballyconeely a couple of years back and he said to watch out for this guy. I have not seen him in action but several of his former international teammates would have echoed Eddie’s sentiments. Indeed I heard Gary Murphy singing his praises on radio the other evening and tipping him for future success. Paul Dunne and Michael Hoey are also in action at the majestic Lake Karrinyup in Perth WA, Paul on +1 tied 67th and Michael on +5.  You can keep up to date here.

Young guns at the European Nations Cup

The Irish Team of Alex Gleeson, Stuart Grehan, Jack Hume and Dermot McElroy have taken a five shot lead at the European Nations cup. The conveyor belt of young talent seems to be never ending at the moment. Despite loosing four of the famous five to the pro ranks we are still good enough to take a five shot lead with the next crop of stars. Jack Hume fresh from his recent South African amateur victory carded a 72 along with South African runner up Stuart Grehan. Alex Gleeson shot 74 and Dermot McElroy 77. Best of luck for the rest of the week lads. Read all about it here

Carey Wins in Egypt

David Carey has taken an alternative route than most into the pro game. Turning professional straight out of the junior ranks takes a lot of guts and the twenty year old is beginning to find his feet as a tour pro. Forsaking the glory of a successful amateur career, to pursue his dreams and getting the experience of playing on tour at an early age is a path less traveled by promising Irish Golfers. There is little doubt that Senior International honours awaited David (or Tommy O’Driscoll) had he waited in the amateur ranks but learning how to live and compete as a tour pro have attracted him to the highly competitive development tour, The Alps tour. David finished second in Egypt this week at the Dreamlands Pyramid Open and in doing so has moved into third in the Alps tour Order of Merit. With the leading five players from the tour graduating with a Challenge Tour card, David road less traveled is beginning to look like a shrewd move.
Continued success to all. Again if anyone out there is interested in writing a couple for blogs for us or just bringing us some news, feel free to drop me a line at
For now, best wishes to all and, if you can, enjoy a few holes under the blue sky that seems to be hanging around momentarily at least.


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