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World champ Tom McKibbin (12) delighted with Bathe NI Irish Junior Open title

World under-12 champion Tom McKibbin added another trophy to his collection with victory in the Bathe NI Irish Junior Open at Killymoon.

The 12-year-old from Newtownabbey led the under-13 competition from an early stage, finishing three under.

"I've had a really good year, but this is definitely up there with winning the World Championships," he said.

Organiser Michael Gallagher said: "Tom was fantastic. He commanded the course and really did give it his all - I was so impressed. Everyone knew he was going to be hard to beat, but he was superb out there."

In the 13-15 age group, Waterford's Kian Mooney took the top spot with what he described as his "best performance ever."

The 15-year-old said: "I tried to play as conservative a game as I could and it seemed to work. I've been playing well this summer so it's nice to be able to round it off with my best performance ever.

"The tournament has been really well organised and to end up winning makes it even better."

The six-seven and eight-nine-year-old age categories will battle it out today at Killymoon.

Gallagher added: "The future is looking very healthy."

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