Irish golf has a new star with 17 year-old Graham Moynihan having won the national amateur Open on Sunday at a windy Royal Dublin.
The schoolboy closed with rounds of 76 and 75 to win the tournament by one stroke. Moynihan proudly flew the flag for Malahide when he hit a 198-yard three-wood to five feet at the 17th to set up a title winning birdie three.
The Irish boys international went into the final round tied for the lead with Stackstown southpaw Richard Bridges on four over par. Dutchman Robin Kind was a shot further back starting the final day.
Bridges was blown away by the high winds, shooting a final round 87 and it was left to Kind and Moynihan to fight it out for the most coveted title in Irish amateur golf. Moynihan kept his cool to finish birdie-bogey and lift the trophy ahead of his 20 year-old opponent who closed with par-bogey on the final two holes.
Speaking of his triumph Moynihan stated: “It’s just amazing,” Moynihan said after a final round featuring five bogeys and two double bogeys for a total score of 295 and seven over par. “I don’t know what the wind was gusting to but it was seriously tough and my short game saved me on the back nine. I’m absolutely thrilled with the win.”
“That’s probably the best two rounds of putting I have had for a while. I’ve hit drives 350 yards and 220 yards today. It was just one of those days where you had to grind it out.”