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Fletcher targets Close title after winning battle of Warrenpoint

 

By Paul Kelly

Warrenpoint's Jamie Fletcher edged out clubmate Colm Campbell to reach today's third round of the Irish Close Championship at Galway Golf Club.

After beating Galgorm Castle's Jordan Hood in the opening round, Fletcher put friendship aside when he lined up against Campbell.

"I'm good mates with Colly. He's number one in the club and I look up to him. We play regularly together. His short game was very impressive," said Fletcher following his 2&1 success.

Fletcher was knocked out at the quarter final stage of the Irish Close in 2015, when he was beaten by eventual champion Tiarnan McLarnon, but he has ambitions to go much further this time.

He added; "I won the North of Ireland Stroke Play at Galgorm in 2016 and I have also won the Faldo Series, but winning a Championship is the main goal."

Fletcher will play Hugh Foley (Royal Dublin) this morning.

Bushfoot's Owen Crooks will meet Tramore's Robin Dawson while Co Sligo's Sean Flanagan plays Paul Coughlan (Castleknock), who carded a 66 in round one.

Ryan McKinstry (Cairndhu) is up against Aaron Ryan (Thurles); Patrick Brennan (Belvoir Park) faces David Kitt (Athenry); and Liam Grehan (Mullingar) plays Marc Norton (Belvoir Park).

Leading qualifier Peter Kerr (Royal Portrush) saw his title hopes dashed by Co Sligo's Cian Feeney while, late in the day, home favourite Ronan Mullarney took out defending champion Alex Gleeson 5&4 to book his place in the last 16.

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