Cormac Sharvin out to impress R&A selectors

The Walker Cup captain will not be there but Cormac Sharvin reckons the R&A selectors that come to Royal Dublin this week will be looking for fireworks from the home brigade when the Irish Amateur Open tees off today.

Cormac Sharvin out to impress R&A selectors

The 22-year old from Ardglass is one of at least six Irish players with a serious chance of selection for the matches scheduled for Royal Lytham and St Annes in September, especially after finishing tied second in the Lytham Trophy on Sunday. A minor hurler for Down before golf took priority, Sharvin won the Irish Close in 2013.

But having soared 22 places to 41st in the World Amateur Golf Ranking released yesterday and playing such a key role in Ireland’s magnificent 2014 season, he knows he’s one of the boys in green with an excellent chance of making that Great Britain and Ireland selection.

In fact, he sees no reason why Ireland can’t have a record presence in Nigel Edwards’ side to face the Americans, outstripping the four who teed it up at Winged Foot in 1949 — Joe Carr, Sam McCready, Cecil Ewing and Jimmy Bruen.

“Out of the four nations, we’ve got the strongest team right now. With the likes of Gary (Hurley), Jack (Hume), Gavin (Moynihan), myself, Paul (Dunne) and Dermot (McElroy), it is nearly as strong a team as we have ever had, apart from the Shane Lowry/Rory McIlroy era perhaps.

“I do think we could have five in the side. But again, the Walker Cup is in September, so there’s a lot of golf to be played between now and then.”

“It’s in my hands, to be honest, and my golf will decide whether I play or not,” Sharvin said of his Walker Cup chances. If I can keep doing what I am doing and keep playing well, I should be in with a good chance.”

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