Pugh claims Irish Open Amateur

DUBLIN, Ireland (May 8, 2011) -- Rhys Pugh of Wales defeated Gordon Stevenson in a three-hole playoff to claim the Irish Amateur Open Trophy at The Royal Dublin. Pugh had led by three shots from Stevenson going into the last round, but on a difficult day for play the Scot clawed his way back into contention on the back nine while the Welshman faltered.

Dutchman Daan Huizing looked a likely winner for most of the day but faltered on the final two holes, dropping four shots on the final two holes. Paul Dunne (Greystones) also made an excellent rally in the final round, carding a brilliant 72, and but for his 10-foot par putt on the 18th grazing the hole and failing to drop, he too would have been in that playoff. But Pugh made fewer mistakes in the playoff, and when Stevenson went out of bounds at the difficult 17th - the second hole of the three - he was firmly in the driving seat, and could afford a bogey five at the 18th to seal his victory.

Results For Irish Amateur Open Golf Championship
1WalesRhys PughWales70072-70-74-78=294
2ScotlandGordon StevensonScotland50074-69-76-75=294
T3IrelandPaul DunneIreland40073-71-79-72=295
T3NetherlandsDaan HuizingNetherlands40077-70-74-74=295
5Northern IrelandNicky GrantNorthern Ireland40077-72-71-77=297

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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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