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Legend tips Oscar for senior success

Amateur golfing legend Peter McEvoy believes Oscar Sharpe should be in contention for senior titles after he returned to Cheltenham for the summer.

The 15-year-old prodigy, now based at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida is back to compete in tournaments around Britain and Ireland for the next four months.

His first event was the Lytham Trophy at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire where the talented teen earned a top 20 finish.

Sharpe, who is number one on the Future Collegians World Tour boys 16-18 division order of merit in the States, began with a one-over par round of 71. He made the cut with a second day 72 but on the 36-hole Sunday, rounds of 77 and 75 saw him finish with a share of 18th.

McEvoy feels a summer of success could be on the cards for 2006's quadruple national age-group champion.

"From the sunshine on Florida to the wind and rain of our West Coast is a big change but I think 18th is a sound performance," said McEvoy, the 1988 world amateur champion.

"He was lying about fifth but there was a couple of bad holes on the third round that set him back. He will be competing with largely the same players in these competitions for the rest of the summer and I think he's got the game to be contesting to win them."

Sharpe's performance in the Lytham Trophy was witnessed by selectors for the R&A and England's international set-up.

The R&A will pick next year's Walker Cup squad and a team for August's St Andrews Trophy match between Great Britain and the rest of Europe while England take part in home internationals the following month.

McEvoy, who was chairman of the R&A selection committee, has not ruled out an appearance by Sharpe in one of this year's senior teams although the 2009 Walker Cup in Pennsylvania looks a more likely destination.

"The teams are picked on performance so it doesn't matter if you're 15 or 35," he added

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