Ireland's famous five who will face US in Walker Cup

PAUL DUNNE

Dunne enthralled the golfing public at this year’s Open Championship, shooting a third round 66 at St Andrews to take a share of the lead going into the final day. Dunne completed his final year at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, in May and was fifth at the NCAA Division 1 Finals.

Dunne won back-to-back Irish Boys’ titles in 2008 and 2009 and was Irish Youths champion in 2010. East of Ireland champion in 2013, Dunne was Ireland’s leading player at last year’s Home Internationals, winning all six of his matches.

JACK HUME

Hume first made his name in 2011 when he won all four boys’ provincial championships in Ireland, only the second player to achieve that feat. Hume won the West of Ireland title in 2014 as well as the prestigious Nassau Invitational.

Another member of Ireland’s Triple Crown-winning team at last year’s Home Internationals, he was Ireland’s best performer at the European Amateur team championships this season, winning three points from four.

GARY HURLEY

A winner of the R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament in 2013 and the first Irish-based university player to be selected for the European Palmer Cup team, Hurley was runner-up at the Spanish Amateur this season.

The Maynooth University student played in his second Palmer Cup in June and was runner-up at the European Amateur in August.

The 23-year-old has developed an impressive foursomes partnership with Paul Dunne and they won both their matches together at this year’s European Amateur Team Championship.

GAVIN MOYNIHAN

Irish Amateur Open champion at 17, the young Dubliner added a second title in 2015. During his boys’ career, he won the Peter McEvoy Trophy in 2012, the first Irish victory at the McEvoy Trophy.

He added the Scottish Amateur Stroke Play to his collection in 2014.

On his debut at the Walker Cup two years ago in New York, he picked up two points from his four matches.

CORMAC SHARVIN

Since winning the Irish Amateur Close title in 2013, the Ardglass ace went on to win the Stirling Invitational in 2013 and was tied second at the 2014 Irish Amateur Open. Sharvin retained the Stirling Invitational last year and was runner-up again at this year’s Irish Amateur Open.

A student at the University of Stirling in Scotland, he was also a member of the Ireland team that won the Triple Crown at last year’s Home Internationals.


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