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David Brady seeks his hometown glory in Sligo

David Brady seeks his hometown glory in Sligo

West Ireland number two and local hopeful David Brady will look to go one step further when the Flogas Irish Men’s Amateur Open Championship gets underway at County Sligo Golf Club tomorrow morning.

There are 138 of the top Irish and international amateur stars playing at Rosses’ Point looking to add their names to an illustrious list of past winners that includes Fionn Dobbin (Malone), Simon Austin (Murhof) and Jake Foley (Elm Park). first turn off at 7 o’clock.

Reigning champion John Gough has turned professional since his victory on The Island last year, paving the way for a new winner, while 2022 champion Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint) will look to reclaim his crown.

Bridgestone Order of Merit co-leader Keith Egan (Carton House) is in form on this course after taking home the West Ireland title just five weeks ago. Fellow pace setter Paul Coughlan (Castleknock) won the Munster Men’s Amateur in Cork last weekend and Seán Keeling (Roganstown) was the recent Flogas Irish Boys’ Amateur Open champion.

But Straffan clubman Brady is one of the leading contenders from Sligo, and with course knowledge and a recent second-place finish in the west of Ireland, he will have plenty of confidence this week.

“I haven’t played it for a number of years so I’m looking forward to it and trying to enjoy it as much as possible because a month ago I wasn’t in the field and now I am, so it will be good to play in it especially playing at home and at Rosses this year,” said Brady.

“It’s obviously a fantastic field, there are a lot of guys from Britain and abroad, and there are a few South Africans too. It’s just cool to be able to compete against the best amateurs in the world.”

There is a strong group of international players making the trip to the west coast of Ireland, with South Africa’s exciting youngster Daniel Bennett (Silver Lakes Golf & Wildlife Estate) being one of those to follow his compatriot Louis Oosthuizen’s victory in want to match 2002.

Brady will start his first lap at 10.23am alongside Michael Roche (Harpenden Common) and Benjamin Oberholzer (Clandeboye), with a large home crowd expected to cheer the 27-year-old on for another strong performance, something he found he really enjoyed has helped. raise his game in April.

“I kind of fed off the crowd because I didn’t feel physically tired or anything last week, but probably more mentally tired, which you don’t really realize. The crowd really helped find some extra energy,” said Brady.

All four members of Ireland’s victorious European Nations Cup team will also compete this weekend with Jack Hearn (Tramore), Matt McClean (Malone), Hugh Foley (Royal Dublin) and Keeling all looking to continue their strong start to the season continue.

And with a strong mix of youth, experience and top talent making their way to Sligo, Brady remains positive when it comes to the outcome.

“I know I proved there at Easter that I have the game to compete, but I don’t really put pressure on myself. If it happens, it happens, if not, I enjoy it anyway.”

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