Dunbar wins Irish Open Amateur

DUBLIN, Ireland (May 9, 2010) -- Rathmore’s Alan Dunbar shot an impressive closing 72 to win the AIB sponsored Irish Amateur Open Championship at the Royal Dublin Golf Club.

The twenty year old Irish International started his final round with a bogey five but bounced back with a birdie on the par 5 second hole. He went one under for the round with a birdie on the par 3 fourth hole before firing twelve straight pars.

The sequence was broken by a bogey five on the seventeenth hole but a solid regulation par on the final hole secured the win by a single stroke from Scotland’s Kris Nicol who has filled the runner-up spot for the second week in succession having been beaten to the Lytham Trophy by Portstewart’s Paul Cutler last weekend.

The trophy will stay at home for the first time since 2003 when Noel Fox (Portmarnock) won the second of his two Irish Amateur Open crowns and as well as holding the premier Irish stroke play title graduates of the Golfing Union of Ireland coaching programme currently hold the three major stroke play titles from across the Irish Sea - the St Andrews Links Trophy (Dunbar), the Brabazon Trophy (Niall Kearney) and the Lytham Trophy.

Results For Irish Amateur Open Golf Championship
1Northern IrelandAlan DunbarNorthern Ireland70074-75-71-72--292
2ScotlandKris NicolScotland50078-72-72-71--293
3EnglandBen LoughreyEngland40073-76-74-73--296
T4Northern IrelandLuke LennoxNorthern Ireland40073-73-72-79--297
T4Northern IrelandConnor DoranNorthern Ireland40073-75-75-74--297

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ABOUT THE Irish Amateur Open

First played in 1892 and held every year with the exception of the War Years up to 1959, and revived in 1995, the Irish Amateur Open can boast a strong history of producing great Champions including Joe Carr (three times), Jimmy Bruen, Tom Craddock, Padraig Harrington, Michael Hoey, Noel Fox, Louis Oosthuizen and Pedro Figueiredo.

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