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Gary Collins puts down marker as he eyes North glory

By Paul Kelly

Rosslare's Gary Collins is a man on a mission this week at the North of Ireland Championship. The 24-year-old lost out to Ulster's John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead GC) in last year's final and he's determined to go one better this time around.

Collins carded a second round 73 at Royal Portrush's Dunluce Course yesterday to top qualifying with a total of 142, edging out Conor Purcell (Portmarnock) and David Sutton (Lurgan GC) by a single shot.

The last man into today's matchplay stages was Philip Kelly (Co Armagh GC) with a two round total of 152. His reward is a meeting with Irish Amateur Champion Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint GC) who was given a bye into the match-play stages after returning from European duty with Ireland at the weekend.

The opening round of the match-play stages get underway today at 7am. The semi-finals and final are scheduled for Friday.

Round One match-play draw:

Willam Russell v Colm Hughes

Kyle McCarron v Michael Abram

Bryan Martin v Paul Reavey

Jonathan Yates v Paul Murphy

Cathal Nolan v Dean Crawford

Devin Morley v Christopher Barber

Ryan Berkeley v Stephen Watts

Dermot McElroy v Caolan Rafferty

Micheal Reid v Joe Lyons

Conor Purcell v Danny Cullen

Kealan Quigg v Conor Ryan

Tiarnan McLarnon v Eugene Smith

Christopher Morgan v Peter Cummins

Ronan Mullarney v Owen Crooks

Keith Egan v Michael Sinclair

Colm Campbell v Philip Kelly

Conor O'Rourke v Aaron Kearney

Ryan Long v Andrew Morris

Stephen Kinch v Jordan Hood

Robbie Pierse v Jack Owens

Rowan Lester v Declan Reidy

Peter McKeever v Geoff Lenehan

David Sutton v Reece Black

Greg Mungovan v Marc Nolan

Gary Collins v Eanna Griffin

Sean Flanagan v Graeme Arthur

Ben Best v Nicholas McClay

Graeme Laid v John Finnegan

Colin Fairweather v Derek Turkington

Ross Dutton v Karl Eccles

Jake Whelan v Adam Brown

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