Brave boys fall short
Published 16/08/2010 | 05:00
Irish teenagers Dermot McElroy and Jeff Hopkins failed in their bid to carry off the British Boys Amateur title at Kilmarnock (Barassie) at the weekend -- but both can feel proud of their efforts in the gruelling contest.
McElroy, the 17-year-old from Ballymena who has another year in the tournament, put up a tremendous fight in the quarter-finals before eventually going down on the home green to Aaron Leitmannstetter from Germany.
It was a nip-and-tuck affair with never very much separating the players. McElroy, who finished as runner-up to Alan Dunbar in the North of Ireland men's championship, required a birdie on the last to take the match into extra-time but missed out.
Hopkins, from Skerries, having squeezed past France's Stanislas Gautier 2&1 in the quarter-finals, came up against German Max Rottluff for a place in the final.
This was a very close affair, with Hopkins going down 2&1 when he lost the 17th.
Yesterday's 36-hole final was between Rottluff and Spaniard Adrian Otaegui, who counted among his victims during the week Jamie Richardson of Royal Portrush.
Otaegui triumphed by 4&3 to follow in the footsteps of fellow Spaniards Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia, who both won the British Boys.