Superb finish for McElroy
Dermot McElroy produced an amazing closing round at Copt Heath in the English midlands yesterday to smash the course record and soar up the leaderboard in the Peter McEvoy Trophy.
The Ballymena teenager took the course apart to establish a new record with a sensational 10-under-par 61.
McElroy, who had left himself with plenty to do after the opening 36 holes, recorded a third straight 73 yesterday morning, but the fireworks came after lunch and the 61 moved him up into fourth place.
The Irish junior international, who played so well in the recent European Nations Cup, started brilliantly with three straight birdies and picked up another couple before the turn to record a five-under-par 30.
Coming home he had another five birdies to complete a performance of the highest quality and break the previous record by three strokes. He required a mere 26 putts -- a truly spectacular display.
McElroy finished the tournament with an aggregate of 280 -- eight strokes adrift of winner Nathan Kimsey but just two behind runner-up Greg Payne and one back from third-placed Rhys Pugh, the 2010 winner.
Donabate's Gavin Moynihan, who looked like being the top Irish player until the late flourish by McElroy, finished joint sixth on 282 with rounds of 69, 71, 72 and 70.
Jack Hume of Rathsallagh, the other Irish teenager to survive the halfway cut, ended up in a respectable tie for 11th place on 287.