Colm Campbell Jnr won the Flogas Irish Amateur Open at Royal Dublin, proving again that a win in Lee Valley can lead to bigger and better things. While Campbell was working to retain his overnight lead, four Cork golfers were also in action for the final round.
James Sugrue finished best of the four Cork golfers in action in the final round today. Sugrue had a colourful journey around Royal Dublin with plenty of birdies and bogies, but he signed for a level par 70 and a share of 13th place. Most importantly Sugrue had four consecutive rounds under the CSS and that will improve his current handicap of +2. Mark Shanahan closed with a 74, that gave him a +1 total and a share of 31st place while Cathal Butler had a 73 to finish one shot behind Shanahan in 35th place. Royal Dublin member Ian O’Rourke finished on +2 for the day and he was back in 53rd place having made the 54 hole cut right on the mark.
Colm Campbell produced another great round today to win his first Irish Amateur Open title. He shot a 70 and led by four strokes at one stage. Jack Hume however never gave up and the Naas man signed for a 69 which included a birdie on the last to close the gap to one shot. Whether it’s simple correlation, or possibly causation – a win in Lee Valley is no bad thing early in the season. The Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championship moves north in 2017 for a two-year stint at Royal County Down.