Hill ready for Portumna test in Connacht Stroke Play

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The Connacht Men’s Stroke Play takes place this weekend at Portumna GC.

Played over two days, the 72-hole stroke play event is the latest competition on the Men’s Bridgestone Tour, as 72 players will look to succeed Alex Maguire as the Connacht Men’s Stroke Play champion.

Allan Hill has enjoyed a fine 2022 so far with a Semi-Final appearance at the West of Ireland, followed by a T4 finish at the East of Ireland earlier this week.

He’s set for what he hopes is an enjoyable two days on the Galway course.

“I played decently in Baltray. I’m happy enough overall. It’s meant to be breezy enough this week, so fingers crossed I can bring some form in.”

Hill missed the Flogas Irish Men’s Amatuer Open with college exams in Maynooth University, but he hopes to have a fine summer, with those exams now behind him.

“The exams took a toll on my game for a few weeks. It was pretty tricky to balance them both, especially with The R&A’s Student Series and some events here at home. Hopefully the exams went well, but it’s nice to put the focus on golf now.”

Having missed last year’s event due to competing in the Arnold Palmer Cup, Hill is looking forward to competing in Portumna.

“Portumna has a brilliant reputation. The course is in unreal condition too. It’ll be tough off the tee. It’s everything you want in a Championship venue. We’ll see what happens come Sunday, but I’m not putting too much pressure on myself.”

The top-39 and ties will make the 36-hole cut on Saturday evening, and compete in a further 36-holes on Sunday.

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