Ireland top the pile as European Teams move to Match Play

Conor Purcell / Image from Pat Cashman Photography

Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell top-scored once more as Ireland qualified in first place at the European Amateur Team Championship in Sweden.

The 21-year old, who fired a five-under par 67 to help Ireland burst into the lead on day one, doubled down with an excellent four-under par 68 to spearhead the Irish attack at Ljunghusen Golf Club on day two.

Bidding to end a 10-year barren spell at the event, Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty, Massereene’s Tiarnan McLarnon and Kilkenny’s Mark Power all pitched in with crucial rounds of 70 while Galway’s Ronan Mullarney’s 72 was also counted towards the team score – Mallow’s James Sugrue managed a 72 as well.

Ireland’s 19-under par tally saw them advance to the top flite of match play starting tomorrow when they’ll face Denmark in the Quarter-Final.

In the Boys Championship at Golf de Chantilly in France, Holywood’s Tom McKibbin and Lisburn’s Aaron Marshall top-scored with clutch 70’s as the boys in green advanced to Flight A in sixth place where they’ll face a tough Quarter-Final opponent in England.

At Is Molas, Lurgan’s Annabel Wilson played a starring role to ensure Ireland’s Women qualified to Flight A tomorrow.

The teenager found five birdies in a brilliant four-under par 68 to inspire her teammates to grab the last spot into the Quarterfinals.

While in Girls’ competition, Ireland’s 11th place finish in the strokeplay meant the girls in green advanced as part of Flight B in Spain after Kate Lanigan was the best of the bunch with a 76 on day two.

Men’s Scoring HERE

Boy’s Scoring HERE

Women’s Scoring HERE

Girls’ Scoring HERE