Shiel moves to top of Bridgestone standings

David Shiel: Golffile | Thos Caffrey

David Shiel is the new leader of the Men’s Bridgestone Order of Merit after a solid performance in the South of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Lahinch.

The Enniscrone golfer lost his quarter-final clash to Paul Coughlan, but still earned enough points to surpass Alex Maguire and open up a 129pt lead over the Laytown & Bettystown man.

Castleknock’s Coughlan was one of the big movers after the South, climbing from 17th to 5th in the standings as a result of his semi-final loss to eventual winner Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint), who himself catapulted to T18 from T78.


Meanwhile in the Women’s Bridgestone Order of Merit, there was little change at the top after the latest event, the Leinster O18 Women’s Amateur Open Championship.

The quartet of players at the summit remains the same with Emma Fleming leading the way, but Lahinch’s Aideen Walsh has broken into the Top 5 courtesy of a T4 finish at Bunclody.

Tramore’s Anna Dawson claimed the Leinster O18 title and with that moves up a place into seventh, whilst Emily Murray’s (Co.Louth) T2 result is rewarded with a place in the Top 10, having previously been 12th.

The next women’s event is the Ulster O18 Women’s Open Championship at Warrenpoint on Sunday, whilst the men head to Westmeath for the Mullingar Scratch Cup, which will be played over both Sunday and Monday.

View the latest Bridgestone Order of Merit Standings here

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