Cork interest in the AIG Irish Close finished today as James Sugrue and Peter O’Keeffe lost in the third and fourth rounds respectively. Sugrue was up against Conor Purcell and the match went all the way to the 20th hole before it was settled. Unlike the result of extra holes in Lahinch, Sugrue came out on the wrong side when the match finished on the 2nd hole. Purcell went on to beat Eugene Smith this afternoon and will face Eoin Leonard in tomorrow’s semi-final.
Peter O’Keeffe had a good win this morning, beating Jack Walsh with two holes to spare. He faced Alex Gleeson in the quarter-final and unfortunately for O’Keeffe the 2016 winner from Castle won by a single hole. Gleeson will now face Robbie Cannon in the other semi-final.
Wednesday 8th August Semi-Finals
0800 Cannon v Gleeson;
0810 Purcell v Leonard
Tuesday 7th August Round 3
D Brophy (Castleknock) bt R Mullarney (Galway) 1 hole; R Cannon (Balbriggan) bt G Collins (Rosslare) 7&6; A Gleeson (Castle) bt R Lester (Hermitage) 1 hole; P O’Keeffe (Douglas) bt J Walsh (Castle) 3&2; C Purcell (Portmarnock) bt J Sugrue (Mallow) 20th; E Smith (L’town & B’town) bt R Moran (Castle) 2&1; E Leonard (Wentworth) bt K Stack (Dungarvan) 6&5; M McCormack (Moss Creek) bt R Dutton (Tandragee) 2&1
Cannon bt Brophy 4&2; Gleeson bt O’Keeffe 1 hole; Purcell bt Smith 4&2; Leonard bt McCormack 19th
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