Phelan comes up short
Kevin Phelan became the latest Irishman to figure prominently in a major amateur tournament yesterday -- and he came within an ace of snatching another trophy.
The 20-year-old University of North Florida student from Waterford Castle finished runner-up in the prestigious English Amateur Open Strokeplay Championship for the Brabazon Trophy at Walton Heath in Surrey.
A 72-hole hole aggregate of 289 -- one-over-par with scores of 68, 75, 74 and 72 -- left him two strokes behind history-making winner Neil Raymond who became the first player to clinch back-to-back Brabazon triumphs.
A double-bogey six on the fourth was the major hiccup for Phelan who had a bogey-free back nine -- his halves were 37 and 35, two birdies coming on the way home.
Phelan, whose claim to fame is that he qualified for the US Open two years ago, led through the first two rounds but was overtaken by Raymond in round three after a 74.
"I feel I have played well the last couple of weeks -- in the Amateur and now this, so I look forward to the rest of the season," said Phelan.
Paul Dunne, of Greystones, finished joint 46th on 305 and Knock's Nicholas Grant 55th on 309.