Kinsale’s John Murphy finished as runner-up in the Ulster Boys Amateur Championship today, losing out by two shots to Peter Kerr from Royal Portrush. It was a great result for the young golfer as he has consolidated his results from previous national and provincial events, and he has also seen his handicap drop from 2 to 0.
The Kinsale golfer held the lead after 54 holes and had a two shot lead over the field. He started well in the final round, recovering from a bogey on the first with a birdie on the 5th. Through the turn he held a one shot lead from a chasing pack of five golfers. He was tied in the lead after 15 holes but his level par finish over the final three holes wasn’t enough. Portrush’s Kerr birdied 16 and 17 to jump ahead of Murphy. Although Murphy may have some regrets, his final round was a solid one with very few mistakes. Kerr’s final round 69 was the lowest score of the week and was a tremendous score given he was four shots off the lead after 54 holes. The average score in the final round was 76, highlighting the impressive four under par total from Kerr. Murphy did pick up the prize for the leading Under 17 golfer in the championship.
Cathal Butler (Kinsale) was the only other Cork golfer to feature in the final day. He carded rounds of 76 and 75 to finish in 11th place, again underlining his credentials following several strong finishes recently. Murphy, his Kinsale crew and golfers from Fota, Monkstown, Mallow and Douglas will head for Roscommon next week for the Connacht Boys Amateur Open. After that it’s on to Mallow for the Munster Boys Open.