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Sent home: Colm Campbell lost in the quarter-finals
Sent home: Colm Campbell lost in the quarter-finals
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Local favourite Colm Campbell was a quarter-final casualty at the North of Ireland Amateur Open as his hopes of surging to the top of the Bridgestone Order of Merit were ended.

Needing to reach the semi-finals at Portstewart to move to top spot in the rankings, the Warrenpoint man instead fell to a 3&2 loss to Liam Grehan (Mullingar) in the last eight.

Grehan's reward is a semi-final match-up against heavily fancied former Irish international Robert Brazill (Naas), with Peter O'Keeffe (Douglas) taking on England's Arron Edwards-Hill in the other tie of a last four that features no Ulster representation.

Today's semi-finals tee off at 8.15am and 8.30am respectively, with the final scheduled to get under way at 1.45pm.

Meanwhile, Ireland's men's team suffered a shock loss to Denmark in their quarter-final at the European Team Championship in Sweden after topping the stroke play qualifying.

There were wins for the boys' team over England and the girls' team over Norway, however the ladies were beaten by Italy.

At the Women's Inter-provincials at Mount Wolseley, Ulster's women defended their title despite losing their final match to Munster, while the Ulster girls' team finished third after they lost to the same opponents.

Elsewhere, Luke Kelly (Belvoir Park) won the Ulster Under-16 Close with a 5&4 victory over Ross Campbell (Greenacres) in the final at Dungannon.

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