O’Neill crowned 2021 Irish Boys’ Champion


Gavin O’Neill (Malahide) winner of the Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship, Athenry Golf Club, Athenry, Galway, IRL. Picture Fran Caffrey / Golffile.ie

Malahide’s Gavin O’Neill’s final round of 71 was enough to defeat Galway’s Bay’s Adam Challoner, and add the title to the Under-16 title he won last year at Lurgan.

Starting the final round as joint leader with Douglas’ James Walsh, O’Neill’s level-par front nine helped him into a four-shot lead at the turn. Despite bogeys on 11 and 12, the Dubliner won the title in style with birdie on 18.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet”, O’Neill told Golf Ireland after the win. “I’m relieved the 18 holes are done, but I’m delighted with the win.

“My golf has really taken off. The help from (Malahide GC Pro) John Murray and being on the Irish panel this year has been phenomenal in terms of coaching.”

O’Neill now holds the Under-18 title, and is the current Under-16 champion until the 2021 event in August. He admitted he was surprised to come out on top in Athenry.

“I wasn’t quite thinking I’d get that close this year, because I still have another year at Under-18s. My golf really stood up this week. I can’t believe it.”

Adam Challoner won the Under-17 title, to add to his second placed finish, after a level par round of 70.

Adam Challoner (Galway Bay) U/17 winner Image by Golffile | Fran Caffrey)

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One response to “O’Neill crowned 2021 Irish Boys’ Champion”

  1. christy mcguirk avatar
    christy mcguirk

    Its about time we started a movement to send these very good golfers to the Olympics even if it’s with the professionals we are going to send already,,they should be rewarded for their dedication and a way for them to get valuable experience in playing and will give them and golf Ireland different ideas as to who we should be sending to the next Olympics,even if you put them on the bags of the professionals to see what it’s like to play for your country,

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