Rory Williamson grabs Faldo Series win at Lough Erne

Holywood GC's Rory Williamson won the Faldo Series Ireland Championship by a single shot on the Faldo Course.

Rory Williamson of Holywood GC booked himself a place in the Faldo Series Grand Final
Rory Williamson of Holywood GC booked himself a place in the Faldo Series Grand Final

Williamson fired rounds of 71/69 to hold off the fierce challenges of Shane McDermott and Jamie Fletcher, who finished in joint second place overall.

A field of 96 golfers played the renowned Faldo Course at Lough Erne Golf Resort, with the five category winners qualifying for the 20th Faldo Series Grand Final.

Williamson will be very satisfied with his final round; in particular his back nine and birdies on 17 and 18 to get him home in 32. The score made all the more impressive by the pressure being exerted from the chasing pack.

Williamson won the Boys’ Under-21 by a single stroke but the Boys’ Under-18 was more conclusive.

Peter Cummins (Lurgan) has showcased his talent in the Faldo Series previously, and so it was again as he shot 75 and 70 to win by four strokes.

Cummins was able to seize the birdie chances on the back nine to post a great score on the testing Faldo Designed layout.

Eoin Murphy (Dundalk) was the victor in the Boys’ Under-16 division. He claimed the spoils by four shots over Conor Glennon (Glasson). Murphy’s rounds of 74 and 70 at such a venue will fill him with confidence. Murphy’s efforts also grant him qualification to his first Faldo Series Grand Final.

The Girls’ Under-21 category was claimed by Mary Doyle (The Heath) by five shots over Maeve Cummins. Doyle was able to lead from start to finish in rounds of 74 and 77.

The Girls’ Under 16 division was a closer affair as Anna Foster of Elm Park edged out Kate Dwyer by a single shot. Foster headed home in 33 on the final day to take the glory. Both Doyle and Foster qualified for the Grand Final later this year.