Grehan wins South of Ireland at Lahinch

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Tullamore’s Stuart Grehan skipped a planned trip to the Old Course for a university championship last week, which enabled the reigning East of Ireland champion achieve his goal of winning two championships this year with a thoroughly deserved 4 and 3 triumph over Knock’s Colin Fairweather in the 114th South of Ireland Amateur Open final.

A 22-year old Paddy Harrington scholarship student at Maynooth Univeristy, he had to dig deep at times during the week—he came back from two down with two to play to beat Alan Lowry (brother of Shane who went on to win Mullingar Scratch Cup the following week) on the 20th on Friday and chipped in twice to beat Rosslare’s Gary Collins in the quarter-finals.

In the final, he needed no such heroics and was never headed as he defeated the big-hitting Fairweather with excellent ball-striking, a tidy short game and nerveless putting.

“I am absolutely thrilled,” said Grehan after achieving an East-South double last achieved by Jim Carvill a decade ago. “That was my goal at the start of the year, to win two championships. It was something mad I had down on my dream list, I’m absolutely delighted.”

Winning a full international cap was another goal and Grehan can surely look forward to teeing it up in Ireland’s defence of the Home Internationals at Royal Portrush next month.

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