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Ulster's McElroy stakes claim

By Peter Hutcheon

Published 16/07/2015

Royal Portrush, where the North of Ireland Amateur Championships are taking place
Royal Portrush, where the North of Ireland Amateur Championships are taking place

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).

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