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McKibbin gets hands on Order of Merit trophy after fine year


Prize guy: Tom McKibbin gets trophy from Colm Conyngham
Prize guy: Tom McKibbin gets trophy from Colm Conyngham

By Sam Wilson

Tom McKibbin from Holywood Golf Club in Belfast and Naas Golf Club's Robert Brazill picked up their respective Bridgestone Order of Merit trophies last weekend after stellar seasons rewarded them with top spots in the series.

Brazill scooped the Bridgestone Order of Merit for 2019 and secured his spot on the Ireland team for the Home Internationals at Lahinch last September, while McKibbin (16) won the Peter McEvoy Trophy in April and made his second appearance at the Jacques Leglise Trophy in August before also making his senior debut at Lahinch.

McKibbin, who topped the Bridgestone Boys' International Order of Merit, enjoyed a busy season which featured appearances for Ireland at the European Boys' Team Championship, where he was their leading player in stroke play qualifying, and the Boys' Home Internationals.

Further afield, McKibbin enjoyed success in the United States. A week after winning the McEvoy, he captured the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. Other notable performances included a sixth-place finish on his debut at the Lytham Trophy in May.

Colm Conyngham, the marketing manager and public relations manager at Bridgestone, said: "We would like to congratulate Rob and Tom on their wins and we hope they will continue to be successful in the coming years.

"Seeing such talent emerging reinforces our belief in shining a light on these amazing young golfers."

Brazill (22) pipped Galway ace Ronan Mullarney to the Order of Merit title by finishing 11th at the season-ending Mullingar Scratch Trophy in August.

"I'm delighted," said Brazill. "It's been a very busy year so it's nice to finish it off with a positive.

"It would have been great to pick up a championship during the year but to play consistently was brilliant."

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