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Bogey finish denies McElroy solo runner-up spot

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Dermot McElroy. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Philip Magowan

Dermot McElroy. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Philip Magowan

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Dermot McElroy. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Philip Magowan

A bogey on his final hole saw Dermot McElroy finish in a share of second place despite a sensational final round at the PGA EuroPro Tour’s Worcestershire Masters in Pershore.

The Ballymena man shot the best round of the entire field yesterday, notching nine birdies on his way to an eight-under 64, but the costly bogey on the 18th saw him drop back to 12 under for the week and out of solo second, instead ending up tied with Tom Sloman, Ben Hutchinson and Sam Locke.

It was still a fine final-day performance from McElroy, who started the day five shots off the lead but ended up finishing just three back of eventual runaway winner Joe Dean of Worksop.

Meanwhile, Charlie Smyth triumphed on home soil after claiming the Ulster Under-14 Boys’ Close Championship title at his home club of Slieve Russell.

Smyth defeated Royal Portrush’s Stuart Nesbitt 4&3 in yesterday’s semi-final before going on to defeat Royal Belfast’s Finlay Eager 5&4 in the final to lift the trophy.

At the Irish Boys’ Open at Athenry, Malone’s Adam Buchanan and Lisburn’s Ross Campbell were the best Ulster finishers in tied-fourth, six shots back of Malahide’s Gavin O’Neill.

At the Irish Senior Women’s Close, Belvoir Park’s Gail Linter was defeated 5&3 by Co Louth’s Deirdre Smith in the semis, who lost to Laytown & Bettystown’s Carol Wickham in the final.

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