Moyola Park’s Chris Selfridge begins the defence of his North of Ireland Amateur Championship title in the company of Barry Anderson (Royal Dublin) and Colin Fairweather (Knock) today on the Valley Course at Royal Portrush.
Last year, Selfridge beat Gary Hurley (West Waterford) 2&1 in a final that was held on Saturday following tournament delays caused by fog.
The cut for this year’s event fell at 2.9 with only one player at that handicap making the initial field, the top 150 players all have a handicap of 0.8 or better. Three players who competed for Ireland at the European Championships, Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass), Jack Hume (Naas) and Dermot McElroy (Ballymena) have received byes into the match-play stages of the Championship which are scheduled to get underway on Wednesday.
Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell, who won the East of Ireland title in early June will go into the event as one of the favourites alongside John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead), the current Irish Close champion.
The 20-year-old defeated experienced Pat Murray to claim the Irish title at Seapoint and is refreshed and ready to go after a recent holiday.