CORK golfers James Sugrue and John Murphy received a real boost when they were named in a 26-man extended panel for the Walker Cup.
The competition takes place in Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) later this year, and both will hope to follow in the footsteps of John McHenry and Jimmy Bruen in making the final team.
Mallow’s Sugrue (22) was disappointed two weeks ago when he had to withdraw from the European Nations Cup due to injury.
Now that he’s back at full strength, he’ll be looking forward to the squad practice in Hoylake next week prior to playing in the Lytham Trophy the following weekend.
Kinsale’s John Murphy (21) is currently in Kentucky with the University of Louisville preparing for the NCAA regionals which take place at their home course next month.
Murphy has had a very strong second year in the US and will return to Ireland in late May when the college post-season concludes.
Both players will now be under the watchful eyes of the selectors as the season gets into full swing.
The two Cork golfers were among five Irish named in the squad.
Conor Purcell, Caolan Rafferty and Mark Power were also named in the squad of 26 who will most likely form the final team of 10.
The tournament will be played in Hoylake Liverpool in early September with GB&I aiming to win back the trophy after losing 19-7 at the Los Angeles Country Club two years ago.