Ulster's McElroy stakes claim
Ballymena's Dermot McElroy was in impressive form at the North of Ireland Amateur Championships at Royal Portrush in yesterday's opening matchplay stages.
He began with a resounding 7&6 victory over fellow Ulsterman Rory Williamson (Holywood) before a 3&2 win over Alastair McQuillan from Cushendall. He faces another Ulsterman in the last 16, Kilkeel's William Hanna.
Hanna has also been busy in beating Belvoir's Barry Cashman 3&1 in the morning and following that up with a 5&3 win over Ian Moore from Dunmurry.
In total, seven Ulster players are through to the last 16 including Warrenpoint pair Stephen Coulter and Colm Campbell.
Campbell eased through with successive 6&5 wins over Colin Woodroofe and Jonathan Breen.
Coulter had a 7&6 win over Castlerock's Andrew Mulholland before a one-hole success over Balmoral's Matthew McClean.
Round three matchplay draw: Stephen Coulter (Warrenpoint) v Robin Dawson (Faithlegg); Gary Collins (Rosslare v Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint); Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) v Finlay Mason (Moor Hall); William Hanna (Kilkeel) v Dermot McElroy (Ballymena); John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead) v Colin Fairweather (Knock); Paul McBride (Island) v Ronan Mullaney (Galway); Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock) v David Sutton (Lurgan); Daniel Holland (Castle) v Rowan Lester (Hermitage).