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Busy Liam Harnett exceeding all expectations at South of Ireland Championship

Lanky Milltown teenager Liam Harnett is hoping to clean up in more ways than one after marching impressively into the last 16 of the South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch.

The six foot four inch Irish Boys International (16), a son of Milltown club professional John Harnett, beat Cahir Park's Emmett Leahy with a birdie at the 20th before dispatching Naas' Ross McCormack seven and six in the fourth round.

Now his biggest problem is finding some clean clothes having exceeded his expectations by taking his “South” odyssey into a fourth day

“I've been hitting it nicely but to be honest I didn't expect to get this far,” said the six foot four inch Dubliner.

“I'm running out of clean golf shirts at this stage so hopefully my mum can come down with some fresh clothes.”

Old Conna's Mark Sheridan was literally a happy camper after he saw off the tenacious Hungarian teenager Daniel Kovari after a titanic struggle to make the last 16.

The 36-year old Dubliner, who is spending the week in his own camper van in the club car park, beat the 17-year-old surprise package from Budapest with a par four at the 21st to clinch a fifth round clash with Athlone's Kelan McDonagh in today’s fifth round.

“Boy, that was tough,” said Sheridan, who was four up with eight to play before being dragged into extra holes when the young Hungarian amateur champion birdied the 18th from 20 feet.

Irish Close champion Dara Lernihan is the biggest name left in the top half of the draw and remains on course for a rare Close-South double last achieved by US Open winner Graeme McDowell in 2000.

He plays the sole remaining Ulsterman in the field, Mourne’s Reeve Whitson.

As former winners Dunmurry’s Darren Crowe and Simon Ward made their exits, the Castle star (23) beat the Island's Ivan Genockey four and three before mincing Kilkenny butcher Graham Nugent by seven and six in the afternoon.

Defending champion Robbie Cannon of Laytown and Bettytown lost three and two to South County's Shane McGlynn who now faces Skerries youngster Sam Devey.

Lahinch's Thomas Keenan, the sole survivor home player from the host club,had a three and two in over Mallow's Tim O'Mahony.

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