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Rising star Fionn Dobbin (9) thrilled to retain his crown at Bathe NI Irish Junior Open

By Ali Gordon

Talented nine-year-old Fionn Dobbin spoke of his delight after retaining the Bathe NI Irish Junior Open title yesterday.

Fionn, from Balmoral Golf Club, finished seven under par to win the seven to nine-year-old age group.

"I'm so happy to win the Irish Junior Open again," said Fionn.

"This event was the one I wanted to win from the start of the year."

Impressed tournament organiser Michael Gallagher commented: "Fionn completely ripped up the course - he was amazing."

The six to seven-year-old age group was won by St Patrick's Golf Club's Conal Fitzsimmons, who finished on three under par.

Conal said: "I can't wait to go into school and show off the trophy. I can't believe I won. I want to do it again next year."

Gallagher, who is the PGA professional at Killymoon Golf Club, added: "These last few days have been fantastic - we couldn't have asked for a better turnout.

"We had 302 entries and there were so many more who tried to sign up but we just couldn't accommodate them.

"I've been blown away by the talent that we've seen this year. I've had a look at other junior golf tournaments and the Bathe NI Irish Junior Open is the biggest in the UK and Ireland - that's unbelievable.

"I'm so proud of how things turned out. It has been so positive to see so many youngsters showing such potential.

"I'm already excited for next year."

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