Jack Murphy wins Leinster U-16 Boys in Tullamore

Ronan MacNamara

Siobhan O'Donnell Woods presents Jack Murphy winner of the Leinster Boys U16 Open Championship, Tullamore Golf Club, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. 13/04/2022 Picture: Golffile | Fran Caffrey

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Jack Murphy came out on top at the Leinster U-16 Boys Open after winning a three-hole playoff at Tullamore Golf Club.

Despite relinquishing a two-shot overnight lead, the Douglas golfer did enough to see off Massereene’s Michael Wilson after the pair finished on level-par after 36-holes.

Murphy edged Wilson by a shot in the playoff to take the title after a nervy finish in regulation time.

Murphy looked to have sewn up the title after moving to three-under for the tournament through 13 holes of his second round.

The Cork man carded two bogeys in his final three holes to drop out of the lead and into a playoff with Wilson who came from five behind to force extra holes.

Wilson carded a round of the day 67 to come from five-over and join Murphy in the playoff.

The game looked up when Murphy birdied the first play-off hole (the par-5 15th) which opened up a three-shot advantage. Despite closing with a double-bogey on the 18th it was enough for him to win out by the minimum.

Enniscorthy’s Sean Cooper claimed solo third after a three-over 73 to finish on that score. The 2021 Irish U-14 Boys Champion didn’t come away empty-handed as he collected the under-15s category by two shots from Finlay Eager of Royal Belfast Golf Club, Gordan Sillett of Ballykisteen and Belvoir’s Evan Hogg.


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