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Greenisland lads on high as they grasp Junior Cup prize

By Robert Jones

It was a case of glory, glory Greenisland as the club's golfers captured the AIG Junior Cup title.

Members of the nine-hole Belfast club held their nerve after a nail-biting finish against Westport.

John Armstrong emerged as the hero of the hour when he claimed the decisive point on the 18th green following a rollercoaster encounter with David Scott.

All square while playing the 16th, Scott safely found the back edge after Armstrong had dumped his ball in the water.

Unfazed, the 60-year-old got up and down for bogey with his second ball and that proved good enough for a half as Scott took three to get down from the back edge.

"That up and down at 16 was the best up and down I've ever seen," said Greenisland team captain Jonathan Greer.

There was far less drama at the next, although a two-putt par gave Armstrong the lead heading down the last. On 18 he holed a four-footer to seal the overall victory. "I'm very proud to be a part of it," said Armstrong.

"The credit goes to Jonathan Greer, he must be one of the youngest team captains at 21 years of age, a young gentleman.

"He had the nerve to bring me in. He said, 'I know you'll not let me down'." Meanwhile, there was no joy for North West in the Barton Shield as the 2005 champions bowed out at the penultimate stage, losing to Galway.

Knock were beaten by Maynooth University in the AIG Senior Cup.

"We're disappointed but at the same time we know we've put in a great effort and we're going to hold our heads high," said Irish international Colin Fairweather.

Fortwilliam lost out to eventual champions Ballybuion in the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield while Nuremore went down to Gort in the semi-finals of the AIG Pierce Purcell Shield.

Jason Day admitted his status as golf's new World No.1 had not yet sunk in after he clinched top spot by winning the BMW Championship in Chicago.

The US PGA Championship winner succeeded Rory McIlroy at the top of the rankings after a final round of 69 earned him a six-shot victory at Conway Farms.

Being his sport's top player is an experience that Day could learn to be comfortable with, but hitting the summit for the first time had him struggling to explain his emotions.

"I'm not really thinking about it right now. It doesn't feel real," the Australian said.

"The Shark (Greg Norman) spent 331 weeks at the top of the world ranking list - a very long time - and next week's going to be my first week."

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