Former Irish Close Champion Cormac Sharvin is hoping that a little bit of ‘home advantage’ can give the Irish players an edge at the British Amateur Championship this week.
The Ardglass golfer begins his qualifying quest at Royal Portrush today, a venue he describes as his ‘favourite’.
“The standard is very high. I suppose we are playing against the ‘cream of the crop’this week, the best amateurs in the world,” said Sharvin.
“It will be a tough week but I think and hope the local guys have a bit of advantage.
“Most of the lads know Portrush and Portstewart pretty well.”
The 21-year-old reached the semi-finals of the North of Ireland Championship at Royal Portrush last year during a season when he burst onto the national stage by winning the Irish Close.
His performances have been more patchy so far in 2014 but he feels that his game is turning around just at the right time.
“I took some time off there to concentrate on my Univeristy exams and felt a bit rusty when I returned to action,” he said.
“I struggled for a few weeks but since I have returned home from college I have been working hard and it’s pretty much where I want it to be.”