• Finishes third in Irish Amateur Open Championship
• Last year's winner Jamie Savage fails to make cut
Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson continued his impressive form in 2015 with a third-placed finish at the Irish Amateur Open Championship.
The 18-year-old, who plays his golf at Bearsden GC, recovered after a four-over par 76 in the first round to post level par for the tournament, four shots behind winner Gavin Moynihan and one shot back from runner-up Cormac Sharvin.
The result continues an excellent few weeks for the young Scot, who now has four top five finishes in his past five tournaments, including wins in consecutive weeks at the Scottish Champion of Champions and the Craigmillar Park Open early last month.
Ewen Ferguson's recent performances have no doubt heightened his claims for a Walker Cup spot later this year and he is now ranked No.78 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
But winner Moynihan seems like a dead certainty to face Team USA at Royal Lytham and St Annes later this year after tasting victory at the Royal Dublin tournament for a second time.
“The first time I was just trying to make the cut, I wasn't even thinking about winning,” said Moynihan, who finished with five straight pars to sign for a 74. “This is definitely better, the last one was tougher to win but this felt tougher.”
Kilmarnock Barassie’s Jack McDonald, the 2012 Scottish Amateur Golfer of the Year, finished T11 after posting a final round of 74, while Greig Marchbank (Thornhill) was a stroke further back in T13.
Craig Ross was the only other Scot to make the cut in the 72-hole event, finishing T29, but it wasn’t to be for last year’s winner Jamie Savage (Cawder), who failed to make it to the final round.
Nick MacAndrew, Connor Syme, Alexander Culverwell, Murray Naysmith, Gordon Stevenson, Anthony Blaney, Colin Baird and Scott Gibson also all missed the cut.
Gavin Moynihan picture credit: www.golfnet.ie