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Galbraith proves he is a star in the making

By Staff Reporter

John-Ross Galbraith has yet again underlined his potential on the fairways by winning the Ulster Youths Amateur Open at Balmoral.

Galbraith triumphed by three shots from Alex Gleeson and his performance will no doubt leave him brimming with confidence ahead of his debut in the Men's Home Internationals in Wales next week.

The youngster from Whitehead followed in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell by winning the Irish Close Championship in the summer and this win at Balmoral underlines his status as a star in the making.

Galbraith, who will compete at the Northern Ireland Open Challenge at Galgorm later this month, held his nerve brilliantly to see off the challenge of Leinster Youths champion Gleeson.

Meanwhile, Gary Hurley is still very much in contention to become the first Irish winner of the European Amateur Championship for eight years after finishing Day 2 on the Dukes Course at St Andrews in a four-way tie for the lead.

The 21-year-old West Waterford star took a one-shot advantage into the second day after a superb first-round 66 and, despite going round in one-over par 72 yesterday, still remains very much in the hunt for the crown at four-under with 36 holes remaining.

Hurley is sure to face stiff competition in his bid for glory, with England international Ben Stow, Finland's Lauri Ruuska and Italian Renato Paratore all also on four-under.

Ballymena's Dermot McElroy is still in contention in seventh place at one-under after a level par 71 in his second round.

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