Irish Amateur Open win puts Gavin Moynihan on course for Walker Cup
The Island's Gavin Moynihan re-established himself as one of the leading lights for September's Walker Cup when he stared down clubmate Kevin LeBlanc to win the Irish Amateur Open for the second time.
The 20-year-old Dubliner came into the week desperate to show the selectors some form after a slow start to the year and a missed the cut in the Lytham Trophy at the Walker Cup venue just eight days ago.
In feeding off the memories of a brilliant record at Royal Dublin - he won the title as a 17-year-old in 2012 and forced a play-off in 2013 - Moynihan defied winds gusting up to 40mph and carded a 74 to win the title by three shots on four-under par from Ardglass's Cormac Sharvin, another Walker Cup contender.
LeBlanc, who turned 17 just last Wednesday, pushed his club-mate right to the finish, but took six at the 18th with a distracted four-putt from the fringe as Moynihan got up and down for a superb par to seal a victory that surely ensures his return to the Walker Cup side from September 12-13.