Ireland’s hope of British Amateur success ended at Royal Portrush on Friday with the exits of Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass), Chris Selfridge (Moyola Park) and Robin Dawson (Faithlegg).
Selfridge bowed out in the last 32 at the hands of England’s Tony Tree 3&2.
“I was one down after two and never got in front. Tree is a good player. He deserved his win as he played much better than I did,” said Selfridge who will now fly out to Switzerland to represent Ireland in the World Universities championship.
Sharvin beat Denmark’s Victor Fasmer Henum 5&4 in round three but went no further, beaten 4&3 by England’s Paul Howard.
“I should have saved some of my puts from the morning. I didn’t hole anything in the afternoon but he (Paul Howard) is a class player. I’m happy enough with my week here but, of course I’m disappointed,” said Sharvin.
Dawson beat Portugal’s Joao Carlota in round three but was then edged out in round for by Scotland’s Connor Syme.
The quarter-finals and semi-finals will take place on Saturday with the 36-hole final scheduled for Sunday.