DONABATE schoolboy Kevin Le Blanc has been celebrating the biggest success of his golfing career to date, after holding his nerve to win a dramatic Irish Boys Under-15 Championship title at City of Derry last Tuesday.
Kevin, who plays out of The Island Golf Club, shot two rounds of 75 to finish on a 150 aggregate score along with three other players from Laytown & Bettystown, Holywood and England, and that meant a three-hole play-off to decide the champion. And it was the 14-year-old pupil of Donabate Community College who came through to land the coveted trophy. 'I was a little nervous, but I was involved in a play-off last year, so I knew what I had to do and it feels great to win the title,' enthused Kevin yesterday (Monday).
'I had a chance on the 18th to win it without a play-off, a 30-foot putt which rolled by the hole, but I holed a 20-footer in the play-off to win it by two shots. 'It was very wet and the course was playing long. The ball was stopping in the ground, but it was a nice course and this is the biggest win I've had, so I'm very happy.' Ironically, Kevin was back at the City of Derry club on Thursday and Friday where the Boys Under-15 Interprovincial Championship was being staged, but despite winning his opening foursomes match he couldn't inspire Leinster to victory, the province finishing second to hosts Ulster overall.
Kevin, who has been playing since the age of three and first joined a club at seven, has already represented the boys international team and is setting his sights on working his way into the Ireland Under-18 squad over the next year. And his other big target for 2013 is to improve his handicap from Scratch to +2 or +3.