Moran 5th & Nolan 8th as Irish complete strong showing at Leopard Creek

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Moran 5th & Nolan 8th as Irish complete strong showing at Leopard Creek

Robert Moran (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Castle’s Robert Moran claimed fifth place and Galway’s Liam Nolan was eighth as Ireland’s raiders enjoyed a productive week at the African Amateur Stroke Play.

Moran had threatened to go even better after making a blistering start to his final round. Four-under through 12 blemish-free holes, the Dubliner dropped four shot in his last five, including a double-bogey at the par-5 18th before signing off with an even par 72.

Moran returned a four-under par 72-hole total, leaving him 11 shots adrift of South African Casey Jarvis who completed a dominant four shot win at 15-under par.

Moran led home the quintet of Irish finishers with Nolan next best after signing off in style with a two-under 70 that included five birdies.

Nolan finished the week at level par, with only seven players managing to get into the red around the always challenging Leopard Creek Country Club.

Malone’s Matthew McClean also raced to the finish line with four birdies in a brilliant back nine adding up to a one-under 71 closing effort and a tie for 12th at four-over.

Bray’s Alan Fahy also enjoyed a much better final day, carding four birdies in a two-under 70 to finish in a tie for 20th at eight-over while Carton House’s Marc Boucher completed the Irish scoring in Malelane with a 76 for a disappointing 18-over tally.

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