All six Irish players progress to matchplay in South African Amateur

Ronan MacNamara

Joshua Hill (Photo by Oliver Hardt/R&A via Getty Images)

All six of the Irish breezed through to the knockout stages of the South African Amateur Championship after 36 holes of stroke play in Mount Edgecombe with Joshua Hill the leading Irish qualifier.

The Galgorm Castle golfer followed up an opening 66 with a level-par 70 on the Woods Course to qualify in ninth place on six-under-par seven shy of South African Strokeplay champion Martin Couvra and Amateur Championship winner Aldrich Potgieter.

The Mullingar Scratch Cup winner who was runner-up in last week’s South African Strokeplay has booked a last-64 tie with Louis Liebenberg.

Castle’s Robert Moran fired round of 69 and 68 to finish qualifying in 10th place on five-under and he will face Vinamra Anand in the first round.

Douglas man Peter O’Keeffe fired a level-par 70 for a four-under total and 13th place and he can look forward to a match with Travis Proctor.

US Mid-Amateur champion Matthew McClean qualified in 15th place on three-under after rounds of 70 and 69 and he will play Charl Barnard.

Hugh Foley and Robert Brazill will do battle in an all Irish clash on Tuesday.

North and South of Ireland winner Foley qualified in 23rd place on two-under while Connacht Strokeplay winner Brazill was two shots further back in 34th.

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