Ireland’s Walker Cup heroes will not be wasting time resting on their laurels after Great Britain and Ireland’s emphatic victory over the United States at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Of the GUI’s five representatives on the team which helped secure a 16½ to 9½ win on the Lancashire links at the weekend, three are turning professional, with Cormac Sharvin remaining in the amateur ranks to complete his education at the University of Stirling in Scotland and Jack Hume keeping his options open as he heads to European Tour qualifying school later this month.
Gavin Moynihan, Paul Dunne and Gary Hurley, though, are committed to turning pro with Moynihan and Dunne set to play in this week’s Italian Open while Hurley heads to Q-school before teeing it up as a pro at next month’s Volopa Irish Challenge, a tournament for which Hume also yesterday accepted an invitation.
Twice a Walker Cupper, Moynihan, 20, yesterday signed on with management company ISM ahead of his pro debut in this week’s Open D’Italia at Golf Club Milano.
The two-time Irish Amateur champion, who earned two points for Great Britain & Ireland at Lytham said: “It’s a very exciting time for me and I just can’t wait to get started in Italy.
“I’ve known for some time that I would turn professional after the Walker Cup.
“I’ve loved my time learning the game as an amateur but I feel I’m ready to go professional. I still have a lot of work ahead of me but I want to test myself against the best in the sport.” Hurley and Hume, meanwhile, were yesterday unveiled as further homegrown talent set to play at the Christy O’Connor Jnr-designed Mount Wolseley from October 8-11 as the Challenge Tour returns to Ireland following a six-year absence. West Waterford’s Hurley, 22, said: “I cannot wait to play on home soil so soon after turning professional. I know we’re going to have a great week at Mount Wolseley.
“It’s been a great year for us Irish players, with five of us getting selected for the Walker Cup, so it feels fitting to be coming to the Volopa Irish Challenge so soon after that.
“The Irish public are always so passionate in their support of Irish golf and Irish events so it is great that the Challenge Tour is returning to Ireland. Hopefully I can have a memorable week.”
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