Three members of the Irish senior international panel are through to the quarter-finals of the British Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen.
Portmarnock's Conor Purcell birdied the first tie hole to beat world number six Matthew Jordan in this morning’s last-32 encounter and had five birdies in the last six holes as he defeated Sweden's Adam Blomme in the last-16 this afternoon.
Purcell will have another tough match on Friday morning when he faces world number 19 David Micheluzzi of Australia.
"This morning I was on the back foot going into the back nine and managed to get something out of it, and then the second game in the afternoon I played out of my skin," Purcell said after his performance.
"Funnily enough I missed it on the wrong side (tee shot on 19th in third round match), it was straight down wind over a bunker and I just thought get it on the green and inside Matthew but I got it in. It’s a bit of luck but always nice for something like that to go in.
"A birthday’s another day, but we’ll see what happens and just keep it going."
In the same half of the draw as Purcell, there is guaranteed to be at least one Irish player in the semi-finals as Robin Dawson from Tramore and recent St. Andrew’s Links Trophy winner John Murphy of Kinsale will face each other in the quarters.
Murphy hasn’t had to go beyond the 16th in his three wins to date. Dawson was brought to the 18th this morning by Spaniard Victor Pastor before crushing an out-of-sorts Elis Svard (Sweden) 6 and 5 in the afternoon.
"I feel a lot more confident coming off the back of winning the St Andrews Links trophy," said Murphy, "I guess you could say I didn’t really have a name for myself before St Andrews but I got out there and managed to pick up the win.
"I feel I can win against the top ranked players in the world and I don’t think I would have felt that way without the victory last week. I’m feeling good and every part of my game is clicking.
"I was 14th reserve so when I got the call to say I was playing I was delighted.
"I grew up watching Padraig Harrington lift the Claret Jug so playing in The Open would be incredible, he certainly inspired me to play golf. Watching him at the K Club and win The Open are some of my earliest golfing memories so it would be great to follow."
Not only is the Amateur Championship at stake, the winner of the 36-hole final on Saturday, should he remain amateur, is guaranteed a place in the field for next month’s Open Championship at Carnoustie and next year’s US Open at Pebble Beach and the custom is for an invite for next year’s US Maters to also be offered.