Saturday 12 September 2015 was one of the proudest days in the 119-year history of Ardglass Golf Club, when one of our members Cormac Sharvin represented Great Britain and Ireland in the 2015 Walker Cup.
Cormac has come a long way since he entered his first senior golf competition at Ardglass as a 15-year-old on 30 August 2008. The competition that day was the Professional’s Prize and playing off a 12 handicap, Cormac took first place with a score of 41 points.
But it was in the next year 2009 that Cormac truly began to show that he was a special talent, as his handicap tumbled from 10 to 3 in a few short months. By midway through the following year, at the age of 17, he had already achieved a scratch handicap, and was ready to expand his horizons.
After a successful period competing in various youth and provincial championships throughout Ireland, Cormac enrolled as a Sports Studies student at the University of Stirling in September 2012.
Following a number of victories on the student circuit, in 2013 he claimed his first major success when he won the Irish Amateur Close Championship, beating Paul Dunne in the final. He thus added his name to a formidable list of former winners, which included the names McIlroy, Clarke, McGinley, Lowry and Harrington.
In the same year he was selected for Ireland, representing his country in the Home Internationals series. He was in the team again in 2014 when Ireland won the tournament.
Cormac put together a string of impressive results during 2014 and early 2015, finishing runner-up in events such as the Irish Amateur Open and the prestigious Lytham Trophy.
Finally, in June 2015 he clinched perhaps the biggest prize of all when he won the English Amateur Strokeplay Championship and lifted the famous Brabazon Trophy. His moment of victory demonstrated Cormac’s great composure under pressure, when on the final hole, from a difficult position at the back of the green he got up and down to win the title by one shot.
Cormac’s results during 2015 also saw him rise to number 15 in the World Amateur Rankings (the highest-ranked Irish player) and gained him an invitation to the US Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields, Chicago. Shortly after came the momentous news that he had been selected for the GB & Ireland team to face the USA in the Walker Cup at Royal Lytham and St Annes.
Cormac’s selection was the biggest thing that has ever happened at Ardglass Golf Club and he went into the event with the best wishes of everybody at the club. All the members continue to be very proud of Cormac’s achievements on and off the golf course and the Club certainly could not wish for a better ambassador.
Straight after the Walker Cup Cormac returned to the University of Stirling for the final year of his degree course and then turned pro in early 2016.