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Major stars spur young guns on to Irish glory

Future golfing stars swung into action on the final day of the Bank of Ireland UK Irish Junior Open, hosted by Killymoon Golf Club.

Fintona Golf Club's Scott Young, who started playing golf at the age of three, claimed the 13-15 age group Championship.

Citing Phil Mickelson as his favourite player, Young said: "I felt very excited to play in the Irish Junior Open.

"I enjoy golf because I get to play in major junior championships like this."

Liam Shaw, from Kilrea Golf Club, took a step closer to following in the footsteps of idol Graeme McDowell after triumphing in the 16-18 age group.

"I enjoy golf because it's never the same two days in a row and you just can't perfect it," said Shaw.

Owen Crooks from Bushfoot Golf Club also had an impressive 36-holes to win the Irish Junior Championship trophy, finishing off with a two over par score.

Second place went to Michael Carey, the son of former Kilkenny hurler D. J. Carey, who was five over for the day.

The brainchild of UK and Ireland Junior Golf Coach of the Year, Michael Gallagher, the tournament has welcomed 210 junior golfers to its inaugural event.

"It's great to see so many young ones out competing," said Gallagher.

"I know, from playing junior golf myself, that there isn't that many things like this out there so I really wanted to make the most of it and see if we can find the next big golfing superstar in these types of event.

He continued: "There's a lot of talent here (at the tournament) and a lot of names that I've been hearing about for quite a while now.

"I just wanted to create something for them to compete in to see what big competitions are really like."

Belfast Telegraph