Ireland tee off in the World Amateur Team Championship on Wednesday morning as they look to mount a serious challenge for the Eisenhower Trophy at Carton House.
The Irish team made up of Robin Dawson, John Murphy, and Conor Purcell, face an intriguing battle against the world’s top amateurs but come into the tournament bursting with confidence.
Robin Dawson, ranked eight in the official amateur world golf rankings, has enjoyed a scintillating run of form this year. The Tramore native is the reigning Flogas Irish Amateur Open, as well as reaching the final of the Amateur Championship and following it up with a second-place in the European Amateur Championship.
“Was it a surprise to see where I am now at the start of the year? Not really. I’m so looking forward to a big week. ” the confident Dawson told the GUI’s Alan Kelly.
“A lot of it comes down to maturity and having that extra year under my belt and understanding a lot better…It’s a great feeling, great buzz here [at Carton House]. It feels like a pro event.”
Given his recent performances and the trajectory the Tramore man is on, it is no surprise that Dawson’s amateur career is drawing to its natural conclusion. The World Amateur Team Championship is likely to be his second last competition before turning professional.
“For me, I would say [my amateur career] was good. Obviously, I would like to have played Walker Cup but the timing isn’t really ideal, I’m not going to wait around for that. I feel the timing is right now and I’ve had a good year.
“I’m straight into the second stage of Q School because I’m in the top fifteen in the world amateur golf rankings so I think I’d be foolish not to take that opportunity.
“I feel now is the right time.”
Dawson is paired with the United States’ Cole Hammer and Shae Wools-Cobb of Australia on Day 1 of the World Amateur Team Championship. He tees off on the Montgomerie Course at 8:18.
His teammate John Murphy (pictured above) is first out for the Irish and is grouped with Min Woo Lee of Australia and the US Team’s Collin Morikawa, ranked third in the world. The group tees off at 7:56.
Conor Purcell hits the tee box at 8:07, and his grouping is equally as competitive, with Australia’s David Micheluzzi and Justin Suh, the world’s second-best amateur golfer.