Sean Doyle of Athlone Golf Club exhibited a polished all-round game to win the Faldo Series Ireland Championship at Lough Erne by two shots.
The 16-year-old shot two rounds of level par in testing conditions to claim the overall victory and a place at the nineteenth Faldo Series Grand Final.
Doyle showed maturity and composure beyond his years to close out victory on the renowned Faldo Course. His overall win was complemented with a comfortable victory of the Boys’ U18 category where he won by six shots over the two rounds. The manner of the win will have filled Doyle with confidence he can take into his first Grand Final appearance.
The Boys’ U21 category was a tighter affair; with Jamie Fletcher (Warrenpoint) winning a playoff after Marc Nolan (Delgany) matched him across the two rounds with a 75 and a 71. Fletcher’s playoff win also takes him to his maiden Grand Final appearance.
There was a similar tale of fine margins in the Boy’s U16 category with Paddy Culhane (Galway) winning a playoff over A.J. Mccabe (Malahide). Mccabe shot an excellent 70 on the last day but couldn’t quite deny Culhane, whose round of 77 forced the playoff.
In the Girls’ section Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little) was peerless as she claimed her spot in the season ending finale by winning the U21 category. Her advantage over her closest rival was a mighty seven shots. She will be joined at the Grand Final by Girls’ U16 winner Maeve Rooney (Co. Sligo) who claimed her division by two shots.
Recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls, the Faldo Series was established in 1996, expanding to Asia in 2006.
Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching thousands of golfers each year. Past winners include Major Champions Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, who took his tally of professional Major titles to four with his wins at the 2014 Open Championship and US PGA Championship.
Leading final scores: Boys’ Under-21: 146 – Jamie Fletcher (Warrenpoint) 75-71, Marc Nolan (Delgany) 75-71, 147 – Jonny Hewitt (Loughgall) 75-72. Boys’ Under 18: 144 – Sean Doyle (Athlone) 72-72, 150 – Ben Graham (Scrabo) 76-74, Paul Murphy (Rosslare) 80-70, Jack Brophy (Clontarf) 75-75. Boys’ Under 16: 152 – Paddy Culhane (Galway) 75-77, A.J. Mccabe (Malahide) 82-70, 153 – Patrick Somers (Grange) 74-79. Girls’ Under 21: 156 – Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little) 77-79, 163 – Florentina Hager (C&C GC Am Wienerberg) 83-80, 180 – Deborah Mccooke (Galgorm Castle) 95-85. Girls’ Under 16: 169 – Maeve Rooney (Co. Sligo) 90-79, 171 – Maeve Cummins (Lurgan) 82-89, 172 – Valerie Hager (C&c GC Am Wienerberg) 83-89.