One of the biggest weeks of the year for Irish golf has had a flying start as Maynooth University’s Ryan Griffin won the R&A Student Series Order of Merit title at St Andrews.
Griffin shared second on five-under after a final round 73 at the Old Course which left him four behind eventual winner Will Coxon.
The Ballybofey&Stanorlar man climbed in the Order of Merit rankings to the summit at days end after Maynooth’s Aaron Marshall and Scotland’s George Cannon shared 14th on plus three.
“It’s a brilliant feeling, I’m absolutely delighted,” said Griffin, winner in Spain last month. “To do it here at the Home of Golf is as good as it gets. I’ll have unbelievable memories for a lifetime.
The psychology student will make his Palmer Cup debut this year’s thanks to his order of merit title after David Kitt and Allan Hill made their debuts in recent years.
“All the legends have played in it, so for me to play in it too will be absolutely unbelievable.”
“I was looking at my WAGR (World Amateur Golf Ranking) position and knew I had to have few good finishes to play again this year (he made the match play stages at Royal Lytham last year) so to return this year is the cherry on top.”
Kitt finished in a share of 14th alongside Marshall while Maynooth’s Liam Abom finished in 21st on +5 after a final round 70 one ahead of defending West of Ireland champion Alan Fahy and Eoin Murphy.
Kate Dwyer continued her fine form with an impressive joint low round of the day two-under 70 to claim sixth place on six-over, nine shy of Stirling’s Lorna McClymont who scooped the Order of Merit title.
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