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Jamie Fletcher secures coveted place in Faldo Series Ireland Championship final at Lough Erne


In contention: Jamie Fletcher took

In contention: Jamie Fletcher took

In contention: Jamie Fletcher took

Sean Doyle of Athlone Golf Club exhibited a polished all-round game to win the Faldo Series Ireland Championship at Lough Erne by two shots.

The 16-year-old shot two rounds of level par in testing conditions to claim the overall victory and a place at the 19th Faldo Series Grand Final.

Doyle showed maturity and composure beyond his years to close out victory on the renowned Faldo Course.

His overall win was complemented with a comfortable victory of the Boys' U18 category where he won by six shots over the two rounds.

The manner of the win will have filled Doyle with confidence he can take into his first Grand Final appearance.

The Boys' U21 category was a tighter affair with Jamie Fletcher (Warrenpoint) winning a play-off after Marc Nolan (Delgany) matched him across the two rounds with a 75 and a 71. Fletcher's play-off win also takes him to his maiden Grand Final appearance.

There was a similar tale of fine margins in the Boy's U16 category with Paddy Culhane (Galway) winning a play-off over AJ Mccabe (Malahide).

McCabe shot an excellent 70 on the last day but couldn't quite deny Culhane, whose round of 77 forced the play-off.

In the Girls' section Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little) was peerless as she claimed her spot in the season ending finale by winning the U21 category. Her advantage over her closest rival was a mighty seven shots.

McCarthy will be joined at the Grand Final by Girls' U16 winner Maeve Rooney (Co Sligo) who claimed her division by two shots.

Belfast Telegraph