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Ulster pair have Major spur in bid for success

By Jonathan Bradley

Northern Ireland pair Cormac Sharvin and Chris Selfridge have both qualified for today's matchplay section of the Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush.

The tournament that lost virtually a whole day of play due to fog on Tuesday required players to complete rounds at both Royal Portrush and Portstewart with the top 64 scores then making it through to the head-to-heads.

Overnight leader Daniel Brown shot four under at Portstewart to maintain his position and finish with a score of eight under.

Sharvin shot one under at Portstewart, following on from his par at Royal Portrush, to finish in the top 10.

Moyola Park's Selfridge was also through despite shooting two over at Royal Portush.

A two under at Portstewart on Monday granted him considerable breathing space and he finished in a tie for 16th place.

With this week's winner booking a place in both the 2014 Open Championship and 2015 US Open, as well as an expected invitation to the 2015 Masters, both locals will be dreaming of making it to Sunday's 36-hole final.

There was bad news for compatriots Harry Diamond, Reeve Whitson, Jamie Richardson, Tiarnan McLarnon and Gareth Lappin, none of whom came close to the cut line of four over.

They were joined by Javier Ballesteros, son of the late five-time Major winner Seve Ballesteros, who finished the competition a combined 16 over.

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