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Jamie and Peter are driven by heroics of Ulster's top golfers


Shooting stars: Peter Kerr, Simon Rankin and Jamie Knipe

Shooting stars: Peter Kerr, Simon Rankin and Jamie Knipe

Shooting stars: Peter Kerr, Simon Rankin and Jamie Knipe

Graeme McDowell and Stephanie Meadow have deservedly grabbed the sporting headlines and their performances are clearly inspiring Ulster's youngsters to perform their own heroics on the fairways.

Royal Portrush junior members Jamie Knipe and Peter Kerr have both tasted that winning feeling at the Leinster Boys' Under-18 Golf Championships.

Around 150 of Ireland's top young golfers fought for honours at the prestigious tournament at Kilkenny Golf Club earlier this month.

Knipe was the overall winner of the tournament – the 17-year-old recording impressive rounds of 73, 71, 71, 74 on the par 71 course.

The talented teenager finished two shots ahead of the chasing pack on a difficult course that featured hard, fast and undulating greens.

Jamie showed great composure over the closing holes to hold off the challenge from his two nearest rivals who both faltered on the 17th and 18th holes.

Kerr, a 16-year-old also showing great promise, won the award for the top qualifier with scores of 73 and 69 over the opening 36 holes as the cut was made at 13 over par.

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Unfortunately, a back injury sustained on the second day restricted his ability to drive the ball on the final day of the tournament.

As a result he finished with scores of 79 and 78 to finish in a creditable 11th place.

After two rounds played over two days, there was a 'cut' leaving the top 50 players to battle it out over a further 36 holes all played on the final day.

Royal Portrush captain Simon Rankin said he was immensely proud of the boys' performances and predicted further success for the duo.

"I am personally delighted for Jamie and Peter who are both talented and committed members of our club," said Rankin.

"Royal Portrush has a very active and well-organised junior section with a great depth of talent across many year groups.

"Both Jamie and Peter are active members who represent the club both on teams and as individuals and they are great ambassadors for Royal Portrush. I have no doubt that these wins will be the first of many for both players."

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