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Eoin Murphy

Eoin Murphy

Eoin Murphy

Winning at the Home of Golf might have escaped the Irish in The 150th Open but Dundalk’s Eoin Murphy got to experience the thrill of a lifetime with victory in the 2022 Boyd Quaich at St Andrews last week.

The Maynooth University stalwart opened with a two-over 74 on the Old Course in round one, then followed that with rounds of 68 and 67 on the par-71 New Course before closing with a three-under par 69 on what is arguably the most famous golf course in the world.

Murphy, who was sixth in the Lytham Trophy in April, matched some of the greats of the game (including Open champion Cameron Smith) when he birdied the 18th, knocking in a slick three footer, to claim the title on a countback from the University of St Andrews’ Ben Fuller on eight-under par 278.

The Boyd Quaich was founded in 1946 in memory of two St Andrews students who were killed during World War II.

It is an international invitation competition to which Universities are invited to send two male competitors.

Former Irish Close, Irish Amateur Open and South of Ireland champion Robbie Cannon was third for the University of Limerick, three shots behind Murphy and Fuller on five-under par.

“Enjoyed every second of my debut representing University of Limerick at St Andrews in the prestigious Boyd Quaich tournament this week and nice to finish with a bronze medal,” Cannon said.

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