2022 Bridgestone Tours and Order of Merit winners confirmed

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The full list of 2022 Bridgestone Tours and Order of Merit winners has been confirmed, following last week’s Ulster Boys’ Open in Ballyliffin.

Royal Dublin’s Hugh Foley and Knock’s Katie Poots won the Men’s and Women’s Bridgestone Tours, with Poots also winning the Girls’ Order of Merit.

Foley’s historic year included wins in Royal Portrush and Lahinch at the North of Ireland and South of Ireland Championships, while he also had a runner-up finish in the AIG Irish Men’s Amateur Close.

Poots’ win came after a year that included winning the Connacht Women and Girls’ Championship, and a second-placed finish at the Flogas Irish Women’s and Girls’ Amateur Open (winning the Girls’ competition).

Co. Louth’s Gavin Tiernan and Poots won the respective Boys’ and Girls’ Order of Merits for 2022. Despite not picking up a title this year, Tiernan’s impressive outings included top-ten finishes at the Connacht Under-18 Boys’ Open, Munster Under-18 Boys’ Open and Ulster Under-18 Boys’ Open.

Poots topped the Girls’ Order of Merit, thanks to her runner-up finish and the Irish Girls’ Close, along with her headline performances in the Flogas Irish Girls’ Amateur Open and the Connacht Girls’ Championship.

Galway’s Joe Lyons and Royal Portrush’s Laura Webb are the 2022 Senior Order of Merit winners. Lyons (on his first year on the Senior circuit), included wins at the Ulster Senior Open and Leinster Senior Open, while Webb won the Irish Senior Women’s Open and finished in second place in the Senior Women’s Close.

Dunmurry’s Niall Carroll won the Mid-Amateur Order of Merit, after a season that included three top-15 finishes, including a third-place finish at the Ulster Men’s Mid-Amateur Open.

A terrific July and August was enough for Royal Belfast’s Finlay Eager to win the Under-16 Boys’ Order of Merit. Over the space of four weeks, Eager won the Ulster Under-16 Boys’ Open and was runner-up at the Irish Under-16 Boys’ Open and Connacht Under-16 Boys’ Open.

Belvoir Park’s Eoin Burrows finished top of the Under-14 Boys’ Order of Merit. Four top-six finishes, including a win in Westport at the Connacht Under-14 Boys’ Open saw him finish top of the standings.

Men’s Bridgestone Tour 
1. Hugh Foley (Royal Dublin)
2. Matthew McClean (Malone)
3. Robert Brazill (Naas)
4. Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint)
5. Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little)
6. Richard Knightly (Royal Dublin)
7. Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas)
8. Alan Fahy (Bray)
9. Jake Whelan (Grange)
10. Liam Nolan (Galway)

Women’s Bridgestone Tour 
1. Katie Poots (Knock)
2. Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle)
3. Clodagh Coughlan (Douglas)
4. Olivia Costello (Roscommon)
5. Aideen Walsh (Lahinch)
6. Caitlin Shippam (Ballykisteen)
7. Emily Murray (Co. Louth)
8. Anna Abom (Edmondstown)
9. Rebekah Gardner (Clandeboye)
10. Hannah Lee-McNamara (Foyle)

Under-18 Boys’ Order of Merit 
1. Gavin Tiernan (Co. Louth)
2. Ciaran Murphy (Grange)
3. Thomas Abom (Edmondstown)

Girls’ Order of Merit 
1. Katie Poots (Knock)
2. Hannah Lee-McNamara (Foyle)
3. Molly O’Hara (Clandeboye)

Senior Men’s Order of Merit 
1. Joe Lyons (Galway)
2. John O’Brien (Castlemartyr)
3. Christopher O’Connor (Corrstown)

Senior Women’s Order of Merit 
1. Laura Webb (Royal Portrush)
2. Deirdre Smith (Co. Louth)
3. Sheena McElroy (Grange)

Men’s Mid-Amateur Order of Merit 
1. Niall Carroll (Dunmurry)
2. David Shiel (Powerscourt)
3. James Monaghan (Royal Dublin)

Under-16 Boys’ Order of Merit 
1. Finlay Eager (Royal Belfast)
2. Jack Murphy (Douglas)
3. Evan Monaghan (Tullamore)

Under-14 Boys’ Order of Merit 
1. Eoin Burrows (Belvoir Park)
2. Isaac Oliver (Ballinasloe)
3. Adam Fahey (Seapoint)

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