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Joshua Hill (Galgorm Castle) winner of the Mullingar Scratch Cup 2022 at Mullingar Golf Club, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Joshua Hill (Galgorm Castle) winner of the Mullingar Scratch Cup 2022 at Mullingar Golf Club, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

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Joshua Hill (Galgorm Castle) winner of the Mullingar Scratch Cup 2022 at Mullingar Golf Club, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Galgorm’s Joshua Hill admits he thought he blew his chance to win a first Bridgestone Tour event after a late collapse in wet and wild conditions at the Mullingar Scratch Trophy, but a remarkable comeback saw him clinch victory in Westmeath.

The teen, who started the final round with a five-shot lead, looked to have thrown it away with back-to-back double-bogeys midway through his back nine. However, birdies at the 17th and 18th saw him claim a one-shot win over Max Kennedy (Royal Dublin) and Brandon St. John (Portmarnock) at eight-under.

“I had a few unlucky breaks this afternoon, and the weather didn’t help either. I was nervous coming up to 18, the adrenaline was pumping,” explained a relieved Hill.

“I can’t believe I came back to win. I thought I threw it away after 12 and 13 but knew I had a small chance by keeping an eye on the leaderboard. I’m just happy to get over the line.”

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