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8 from 9 Irish advance to South African Amateur matchplay

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Caolan Rafferty took route 66 into the matchplay stages of the South African Amateur Championship as eight of the nine GUI travelling contingent made the grade at King David Mowbray Golf Club.

The Dundalk player carded seven birdies to add to his 69 on day one to qualify in a share of 2nd on nine-under par, just a single stroke behind leading qualifier Luca Filippi.

Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell was next best of the Irish, continuing his great form since the Australian Amateur Championship to qualify at four-under par.

Mallow’s James Sugrue 68/73 finished one shot further back while Galway’s Ronan Mullarney 71/71 breezed through at two-under.

Castle’s Alex Gleeson fired a 69 after an opening 75 to return to even par with Kilkenny’s Mark Power 71/75 getting through at plus-two, the same score as Naas’ Robert Brazill 78/68 with Massereene’s Tiarnan McLarnon 75/72 also advancing at three-over par having come through a playoff after finishing in a share of 60th.

Robbie Cannon failed to make it a clean sweep as he missed out on the cut mark by one shot at four-over par.

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It's not only membership at 9 and 18 hole courses that's bloomed this year, Pitch & Putt is on the rise too. Kevin Markham looks at the game’s shortest form*