Purcell beaten to title by Newton
Nobody could catch James Newton in the race to land the Flogas Irish Amateur Open as he finished five shots clear in Sligo.
The Englishman began the final day with a five-stroke lead and was never seriously threatened during a difficult closing round. The 24-year-old opened with three bogeys but managed to keep the field at bay, signing off with 74 for a score of nine under.
Ireland international Conor Purcell closed with 72 to finish runner-up on four under. The Portmarnock star made his move on the front nine, reaching seven under at the turn, but Newton did not bow under the pressure.
Purcell began the year with victory at the Australian Amateur Championship and has finished second in the first two domestic events of the season. His form will have pleased the watching Walker Cup selectors.
"All you can do is put yourself in the mix," said Purcell when asked about his Walker Cup prospects. "I've had what I consider a good start to the year. I just need to push on from here."