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Mullarney and Sugrue flying flag for Ireland


By Paul Kelly

Ireland internationals James Sugrue and Ronan Mullarney battled their way to the last 32 of the Amateur Championship at Portmarnock yesterday.

Sugrue (Mallow GC) advanced with a 2&1 win against England's Harry Hall, while Galway's Mullarney beat Englishman Jake Bolton by the same margin.

Ireland's leading qualifiers Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk GC) and Eanna Griffin (Waterford) both exited in round one.

Mullarney had an early start for his preliminary round match against American Mason Andersen. After dispatching Andersen 2&1, the 23-year-old claimed his second success of the day against Bolton, overcoming a poor start.

"I started by hitting two balls into the estuary. I thought the first one was okay. It landed in play, but it must have kicked right. The second one wasn't even close. I played nicely after that," said Mullarney.

The Maynooth University student faces Sweden's Ludvig Aberg this morning.

Sugrue will also play Swedish opposition in Christoffer Pålsson in round two. The meeting is a repeat of last year's round two clash, which Pålsson won 3&2.

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"It will be nice to get one back at him," said Sugrue.

"I was three or four up (last year) and lost five holes in a row."

Two more rounds of match-play will take place today before the quarter-finals and semi-finals on Friday, with the 36-hole final scheduled for Saturday.

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