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Dylan Keating. Photo: John Dardis

Dylan Keating. Photo: John Dardis

Dylan Keating. Photo: John Dardis

Local teenager Dylan Keating outshone star-studded field that included LPGA Tour star Leona Maguire to win the inaugural Irish Scratch Series outing on home turf at Seapoint Golf Links.

The Irish Boys international (18) overcame winds gusting over 30mph to card a one-under 71 and win the top gross prize by a shot from touring professionals Jonathan Yates and Paul McBride.

The Flogas-sponsored event is the first in a series of ten organised by Keating's parents, Seapoint members Valerie and Gary, designed to give elite amateurs and professionals both male and female their first taste of competition after the Covid-19 lockdown. LPGA Tour star Maguire, who is scheduled to return to the US circuit next month, carded a one-over 73 to finish just a shot outside the gross prizes alongside fellow professionals Conor O'Rourke and Conor Purcell.

But it was Keating, whose uncle is former Boyzone star Ronan Keating, who used all his local knowledge to claim the €500 voucher awarded to the winner with Yates pocketing €350 in cash and McBride €250.

"I'll have to get my parents to organise some sort of tour for me," joked Dylan, who won the Irish U-16 title in 2018 and followed up last year by taking the Munster Boys and Ulster U-16 titles, as well as the Regional Qualifier for The Open.

Irish Independent