Cormac Sharvin’s fourth place finish at the Lytham Trophy last Sunday was a welcome confidence boost for a golfer who has spent recent weeks focusing on his studies rather than his swing.
The 22-year-old from Ardglass is two thirds of his way through a Sports Science degree at Stirling University in Scotland and only finished his last exam on Wednesday.
“I did an exam on the Thursday, just before the Lytham Trophy started so I had been playing very little,” said the Irish International.
“I was surprised and happy with how I played. I could have putted a bit better but overall I played pretty good. It means I’m feeling pretty positive heading into the Irish Amateur (which starts today at Royal Dublin). I had a good run in it last year and had a decent chance to win.”
Sharvin double-bogeyed the 18th last year as Scot Jamie Savage edged to victory. Savage has returned to defend his title.
“Finishing second at Royal Dublin last year gave me a lot of motivation to do better this time,” added Cormac. “If I’m being honest, up until last year I didn’t feel comfortable .”
“It is very demanding, particularly as you come into the back nine and you need to hit a lot of good shots.”
The Walker Cup selectors will be in attendance and will be paying particular attention to the four Irish players – Sharvin, Moynihan, Jack Hume and Gary Hurley – who are members of the current panel.
“The Walker Cup is not really on my mind. With my exams finished I will just take it one tournament at a time and let my clubs do the talking,” added Cormac who admitted that he was ‘slightly disappointed’ not to get one of the four amateur places on offer for the Irish Open.
“It would have been really nice, especially with it being at Royal County Down and being so close to home - I would have had some great support - but all I can do now is go to the Scottish Amateur and try to win that because let’s be honest, I have more chance of doing well there!”
The Irish Amateur tees off today with a cut on Saturday after three rounds. The top 50 plus ties will progress to the final round of competition on Sunday.