Stuart Grehan wins rain-shortened East of Ireland Amateur
COUNTY LOUTH, Ireland — Stuart Grehan captured the East of Ireland Amateur Championship, which was shortened to 54 holes for the first time in 75 years.
Playing County Louth Golf Club in tough conditions, Grehan opened with 67-69, and closed with 76 before the tournament was called 18 holes short.
"To win feels great," Grehan told the Irish Times. "I felt good coming in this week but I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself. I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night and I was nervous this morning and over the first tee shot. But once I got that away, I was fine."
The weather was predicted to get increasingly worse as the day went on Sunday, which was supposed to house the final 36 holes.
Colin Fairweather of Northern Ireland shot one of the best rounds in the rain, a 73, and took second place five shots behind Grehan, while Alex Gleeson of Ireland placed third at two-over par 218.