Lowry bows out of South of Ireland Championship

Shane Lowry's bid for a hat-trick of provincial titles ended in the South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch.

Shane Lowry's bid for a hat-trick of provincial titles ended in the South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch.

The reigning West and North of Ireland champion lost 3 and 2 to Lee Valley's Niall Gorey in this morning's fifth round.

Gorey plays Athlone's Kelan McDonagh in the first of this afternoon's quarter-finals with veteran Eddie Power taking on Irish Close champion Paul O'Hanlon.

Knock's Nicky Grant faces Irish international Niall Kearney with Californian Austin Graham taking on Aaron O'Callaghan of Douglas.

South of Ireland Amateur Open Championship Fifth rd:

K McDonagh (Athlone/NUIM) bt P Murray (Limerick) 1 hole; N Gorey (Lee Valley) bt S Lowry (Esker Hills) 3/2; E Power (Kilkenny) bt K Canty (Douglas) 6/5; P O'Hanlon (The Curragh) bt A Hogan (Newlands) 3/2; N Grant (Knock) bt A Condren (Greystones) 3/2; N Kearney (Royal Dublin) bt E Haugh (Castletroy) 6/5; A Graham (Pacific G&CC) bt S Ward (Co Louth) 1 hole; A O'Callaghan (Douglas) bt F Deasy (Cork) 6/5.

Quarter-finals:

K McDonagh v N Gorey

E Power v P O'Hanlon

N Grant v N Kearney

A Graham v A O'Callaghan.

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