Saturday 25 November 2017

Brave boys fall short

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.

Irish Independent

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