Malone’s Fionn Dobbin came out on top in a thrilling final to claim the Ulster U14 Close Championship at Blackwood Golf Club.
The four boys in the semi-finals were Darcy Hogg (Belvoir Park), Noah Bickerstaff (Massereene), Dobbin and the defending champion and fellow Malone member, Adam Buchanan.
The Hamilton course was typically testing all day with Dobbin coming through the all-Malone semi-final having made the turn 3UP against last year’s winner Buchanan while Hogg outmuscled Bickerstaff in the other last-four encounter, igniting with a burst of six hole wins in a row to book his place in the final.
And what a final it was. All square playing the last, Dobbin put it up to one-handicapper Hogg from Belvoir Park when he made a routine par on 18. With Hogg unlucky to find a tough lie in the rough, he failed to get up and down from the back of the green much to Dobbin’s delight who was crowned under-14 Ulster Champion as a result.
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