JONATHAN DOLAN from Sligo, aged just 15, won the men's singles title at the Mount Pleasant Badminton Open held in Ranelagh, Dublin last weekend. The transition year student, who goes to school in St Claire's, Manor Hamilton beat Lisburn's 23-year-old Scott Burnside in the final.
The transition year student, who goes to school in St Claire's, Manor Hamilton beat Lisburn's 23-year-old Scott Burnside in the final.
Showing both skill and superior fitness, the younger player always had the edge in a tough two-setter, winning 21-15 21-17.
Keeping a close watch on a player who may well challenge him in the future was Irish No1, Scott Evans, home on a short break from his Danish base.
Evans paired up with his Danish friend Morton Kronborg for the men's doubles. They breezed into the final, where they came up against Niall Tierney and Dan Magee. In an exhibition of top class badminton, Evans and Kronberg won 21-10 21-18.
No surprises in the women's singles, where Jennie King and Kirsty Kelly, both members of the host club, comfortably made it through to the final.
King, now 24, won the national singles title in 2003, when she was just 16. Kelly, a 19-year-old student, struggled with injury last season.
With Kelly not quite over her injury, a fitter and sharper King made the perfect start to her season when she won 21-8 21-13.
Defending champions Keelin Fox and Karen Bing took on veterans Sian Williams and Pam Peard in the women's doubles final, with Williams and Peard using the tournament as practise for the European Senior Veterans Championships which start in Dundalk on September 27. Fox and Bing proved too strong for their older opponents, winning 21-6, 21-13.
Bing was back in action for the mixed doubles, teaming up with Mark Topping. Amazingly this combination of two former Irish international players was not seeded.
In the final they came up against Dan Magee and Fiona Glennon, another player on the comeback trail after a long battle with back injury.
Glennon and Magee showed they would be no pushovers when they won a tightly fought opening set 21-18.
Bing and Topping then used all their experience to nail down the second set 21-15 and wrapped up the title in a thrilling third set which they won 21-14.
Next up in badminton is the Autumn Open at Baldoyle on September 25/26.