Sugrue & Tobin in Fairhaven Trophy
By Niall O’Shea
James Sugrue and Paul Tobin represented Ireland last week in the Fairhaven Trophy with Sugrue leading the Irish charge. The competition is one of the leading international scratch competitions for juniors and attracts a field of almost 150 golfers from across Europe. Fairhaven is a championship links course next to the Open Championship venue, Lytham & St Annes.
Mallow’s James Sugrue has had a run of good form recently, the highlight was when he captured the Munster Youths in Dungarvan last week. Despite a few errors on the front nine, Sugrue recorded four birdies in his closing seven holes to finish on level par and tied for 7th place. A second round 73 saw James move up to 6th place and he was the only Irish golfer to make the cut. Final rounds of 74 and 76 meant that Sugrue could not push for the top spot. He held onto a top ten place in the final standings and on a course where the standard scratch was playing a three over par, his scores were a lot better than the average.
Paul Tobin who is now playing out of Cork GC, was very unlucky not to make the 36 hole cut. His first round 73 had him in contention in the top 20. He started his second round with a few bogeys but steadied on the back nine. Despite birdieing the 11th, he dropped shot the 17th to miss the cut by just one shot. This was the second international event for the young Corkman so it’s likely that we’ll see him again in the near future. The two Cork lads returned the best of the scores from the four Irish who travelled, Kevin LeBlanc and James Fletcher both finished outside the top 50.