Sunday 25 February 2018

O'Donovan battles to top-10 finish

Chris Smart

Richard O'Donovan produced the best final round of the Irish contingent in the European Amateur Individual Championship in Sweden at the weekend, but they were out of luck for overall glory.

A two-under-par 70, featuring two birdies in the last three holes, helped the Lucan player to finish with a 72-hole aggregate of 285 -- three-under par -- for a share of ninth place alongside Portstewart's Paul Cutler and Kevin Phelan of Waterford Castle, who both ended with rounds of 73.

The championship went to Austrian Manuel Trappel, who won a three-hole play-off with Steven Brown, the new English champion, after both had finished with 10-under-par totals of 278.

Walker Cup hopeful Cutler had an unhappy outward half of 37 which included two bogeys and a double-bogey. But he came home in 36 -- Phelan was the other way around in 36 and 37. Rathmore's Alan Dunbar was further down the field on 289 after a closing 73.

Elsewhere, Castletroy's Chloe Ryan is the Irish standard-bearer in the British Girls Open which begins today at Gullane, near Edinburgh. Ryan helped Ireland to finish second in the Girls' Internationals.

Competitors play 18 holes today and another round tomorrow, after which the top 64 go forward to the knockout stages.

Irish Independent

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