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British Boys Amateur Championship: McElroy can hold head up

By Peter Hutcheon

Irish teenagers Dermot McElroy and Jeff Skerries failed in their bid to carry off the British Boys Amateur title at Kilmarnock (Barassie) at the weekend — but both can feel proud of their efforts during the gruelling contest.

McElroy, the 17-year-old from Ballymena who has another year in the tournament put up a tremendous fight in the quarter-finals before going down on the home green to Aaron Leitmannstetter from Germany.

It was a truly nip and tuck affair with never much separating the players. McElroy needed a birdie on the last to take the match into extra time but failed.

Hopkins from Skerries having got past French boy Stanislas Gautier 2&1 in the quarter-finals came up against German Max Rottluff for a place in the final.

This was a very close affair with Hopkins going down 2&1 when he lost the 17th.

Yesterday's 36-hole final was between Rottluff and Spaniard Adrian Otaegui who counted among his victims during the week Jamie Richardson of Royal Portrush.

In the end Otaegui triumphed by 4&3 to follow in the footsteps of famous Irish players Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia who both won the British Boys on their way to Ryder Cup glory.

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