Rory McNamara and Cormac Sharvin conclude Amateur Championship qualifying as top duo at Royal Portrush

Rory McNamara
Rory McNamara

Rory McNamara (Headfort) and Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass) finished Amateur Championship qualifying at Portstewart and Royal Portstewart as the leading Irishmen on the north coast.

Following Tuesday’s fog disruption, Sharvin carded a 70 while McNamara a 69 to comfortably qualify for the match-play stages which get under way on Thursday at Royal Portrush.

England’s Daniel Brown topped the standings on eight under, with the cut for the leading 64 players falling at four over par.

“I’m due to fly out on Saturday to the World Universities’ Championship in Switzerland and my progression, or otherwise, in this competition will define what happens,” said Selfridge, who wrapped up his qualifying with a two over 72.

“If I should make the final here I will pull out of the Universities Championship. I dropped four shots on the way in today so I need to sort that out. It was just bad shots that caused the setback.

“The rough is always wicked here at Dunluce, but it is no worse this week than before. However, it is very important to miss the bunkers and, thankfully, I haven’t been in any of them during qualifying.”

In total, eight of the Irish competitors have made it through to the knock-out stages; Richard Bridges (Stackstown), Jack Hume (Naas), Chris Selfridge (Moyola Park), Stuart Grehan (Tullamore), Paul Dunne (Greystones) and Robin Dawson (Faithlegg).

Following Tuesday’s delay tournament officials have decided to shift the 36-hole final to Sunday.