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Liam McLoughlin and Robbie Davidson stars of future after wins in the Irish Junior Open at Killymoon

By Ali Gordon

The penultimate day of the Irish Junior Open final swung into Killymoon Golf Club yesterday.

Some 360 up-and-coming young golfers are taking part in the Applegreen LowFuelcard Irish Junior Open Series, which started on Monday.

Last night, in the under-seven category, Liam McLoughlin from Rosses Point took the top spot with Knock golfer Robbie Davidson winning the under-12 age group.

Irish Junior Open organiser Michael Gallagher said: "There have been a lot of good golfers on show which is very pleasing for me.

"We've seen a lot of promising golfers from the north and south of Ireland so that's been brilliant," he added.

"It's just nice to have a proper set-up, like The Open, so that youngsters can see how it works and work towards playing professionally."

In Monday's 36-Hole Championship, Omagh's Eamonn McAleer shot an impressive two-under par to win while Dara Gilmore, who plays at Clandeboye Golf Club, won the Under-18 Championship with two-over par.

Sean Ryan from Warrenpoint is currently leading the overall series, with Luke Furlong from Wexford in second place.

They will battle it out alongside Newtownabbey's world champion Tom McKibbin, who has been in sensational form of late.

For the first time, competitors from as far away as Dubai took part in the tournament, which continues to increase in popularity.

Today 160 golfers will compete in the final day of the tournament where the overall winner will be determined.

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