Tramore’s Robin Dawson with the Flogas Irish Amateur Open trophy at Royal County Down Golf Club. Photograph: Pat Csahman

Good things come to those who wait and so it was for Tramore’s Robin Dawson, who bridged a five-year gap in his CV and survived no little back nine d(...)

Robin Dawson  driving at the 11th  during day two of the Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championship at Royal County Down. Photograph:  Pat Cashman

Tramore’s Robin Dawson kept his cool for the second day running to take a two-stroke lead into the third round of the Flogas Irish Amateur Open at Roy(...)

Peter O’Keefe with the Flogas Irish Amateur Open trophy.

It took five years of sweat and tears on tour, a two-year transition period back to the amateur ranks and thousands of practice balls with Noel Fox bu(...)

Forrest Little’s Jack McDonnell leads the Irish challenge after the first round of the Irish Amateur Open Championship at Royal County Down Golf Club. Photograph:  Pat Cashman

Idyllic conditions helped enormously but the 144-man field was still thrilled not to be tortured by a draconian course set up as 13 players broke par (...)

 Gavin Moynihan holes the clinching putt on the 18th green in the final round of the 2015 Irish Amateur Open Championship at The Royal Dublin Golf Club. Photograph: Pat Cashman

He won by three shots in the end but there was a world of emotion bookended between the 400-yard drive and a six-foot putt that topped and tailed Gav(...)

Robin Dawson (Faithlegg) smiling despite the weather on the 13th fairway in the second round of the 2015 Irish Amateur Open Championship at The Royal Dublin Golf Club. Photograph: Pat Cashman

If the Walker Cup selectors are looking for hardy, weatherproof youngsters with the stubbornness of Seve and the recovery powers of Houdini, there (...)