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Rising star Shane McDermott is proud of Junior glory

By Ali Gordon

The winner of the 36 Hole Bathe NI Irish Junior Open Championship hailed the victory as "the best day of my life".

Shane McDermott, from County Cavan Golf Club, won the event by seven shots at Killymoon Golf Club with an overall score of five under par.

"It was the best experience of my life - it was like playing at a real tour event," said McDermott.

"I'd just like to thank the other competitors and the sponsors for such a great day."

In the 16 to 18-year-old category, Rory Sloan from Shandon Park shot a one-over-par 71 to win by five strokes.

Sloan said: "Having played in a few events before, this was by far and away the best.

"This is the benchmark for how to run an event so a big thanks to Michael (Gallagher, organiser) and the many sponsors."

Gallagher said: "It was absolutely brilliant to see so many people turn up and we've got ourselves two very worthy winners with Shane and Rory.

"We've had such a great response to the Bathe NI Irish Junior Open and thankfully the weather held out for us after such a bad weekend.

"I was so impressed by the talent out there.

"We have such talent coming through at that age group and that's really positive for golf in Northern Ireland.

"There were some great scores shot and everyone left with a happy smile on their face - that's what it's all about."

Today will see the 10 to 12-year-olds and 13 to 15-year-olds battling it out for Irish Junior Open titles at Killymoon.

"The younger ones are in action tomorrow so seeing Caoimhin Donnelly against Tom McKibbon will be really exciting," continued Gallagher.

"They are two of the best players that I've seen coming through in Northern Ireland so no doubt it will be a very competitive contest."

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