AT just 13 years old, Jack Murphy stamped his name onto the golfing map yesterday when he won the Kerry Boys Championship.
The four-day event has had many famous winners and Murphy from Douglas Golf Club is the youngest winner of the showpiece junior event.
The four handicapper marched around Ballybunion’s Cashen Course, dispatching four fancied golfers on his way to the title. In the final he faced Lee Valley’s Keelan McCarthy, who’s playing off an impressive handicap of +1. Murphy was giving up five shots, and almost as many years in the all-Cork final, but it was the Douglas golfer who led the way.
The 13-year-old was three up after six holes on the challenging Cashen course. By the turn he added another to go five up, and with a large gallery following the match he closed out the match on the 14th after winning 5&4.
It was a great week for Murphy, he opened with a 77/82 in the strokeplay qualifier to make the top flight championship draw with a few shots to spare. Murphy went on to beat Bandon’s David Kelly in the first round, and took out Paul Costello and David Marshall to reach the final.
He now joins Cathal Butler and John Murphy as the most recent Cork winners of the prestigious competition. There was double success for Cork as Mallow’s Daniel O’Sullivan won the Kerry Boys Plate. O’Sullivan’s journey this afternoon was a bit longer than Murphy’s – it took 19 holes to complete the match.
O’Sullivan was up against it, after being all square after eight holes the Mallow man found himself three down walking onto the 15th tee. He won two of the next three and crucially he won the 18th to level the match. O’Sullivan wasn’t to be stopped and he won the match on the first playoff hole.