Kilpatrick wins East of Ireland Championship

Richard Kilpatrick eagled the last to clinch an impressive eight-shot victory in the East of Ireland Championship at Co Louth today.

Richard Kilpatrick eagled the last to clinch an impressive eight-shot victory in the East of Ireland Championship at Co Louth today.

The Banbridge man, 25, rifled a four-iron to within 18 inches from the rough at the 581-yard finishing hole to close with a 68.

His 13 under par aggregate of 275 was the lowest in the history of the event - though Ken Kearney shot 15 under par 277 in 1999, when the course was a par 73.

Baltray’s Simon Ward was second on five under with Esker Hills' Shane Lowry a shot further back in third after respective rounds of 69.

"I was just glad to get a monkey off my back - I was due one," said Kilpatrick, who was second in last month's Irish Amateur Open at Royal Dublin.

"Since I made the international team four years ago, I have had a lot of semi-finals, second and third places. I just haven’t had the breakthrough but now that I have, I hope it will lead on to better things."

Kilpatrick is now a contender for a place in the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup side to face the United States at Royal Co Down in September.

"If Walker Cup comes along, it comes along," he said. "My goal at the end of the year is Q-School and I’m trying to get ready for that. Walker Cup would be brilliant but you have to take it one week at a time.”

Six clear starting the day and seven ahead entering the final round after a morning 71, Kilpatrick carded two eagles, three birdies and three bogeys in his closing 68.

He now hopes he can go on and make it as a professional with a trip to the Qualifying School in September.

"My goal at the start of the year was Q school, get a Challenge Tour card and if anything else came along, great," he said.

"I’m just going to try and peak at tour school. But winning is a vital experience, any win at all."

East of Ireland Amateur (Par 72) Final:

275 R Kilpatrick (Banbridge) 70 66 71 68

283 S Ward (Co Louth) 70 74 70 69

284 S Lowry (Esker Hills) 71 71 73 69

286 N Grant (Knock) 71 72 75 68

288 J Caldwell (Clandeboye) 73 74 68 73, D Lernihan (Castle) 73 71 73 71 290 G McDermott (Co Sligo) 77 74 71 68, S Grant (Birr) 76 71 70 73 292 M Sinclair (The Knock) 76 74 70 72, R Boal (Scrabo) 76 73 71 72, G Lawlor (Citywest) 74 76 73 69, D Sutton (Lockerbie) 74 73 74 71, S Crowe (Dunmurry) 72 73 78 69

293 E Arthurs (Forrest Little) 78 72 72 71, D Rawluk (The Island) 75 76 72 70, P Murray (Limerick) 69 73 77 74

294 C Curley (Newlands) 75 74 76 69, G Carew (Edenderry) 73 72 73 76 295 F Rafferty (Dungannon) 80 68 71 76 296 M Lavelle (K Club) 77 73 75 71, A Dunbar (Rathmore) 76 72 79 69, G Bohill (Co Louth) 76 72 72 76, N O'Connor (Elm Park) 72 74 73 77 297 D Morgan (Mullingar) 78 74 74 71, A Pitcher (The Island) 74 72 77 74 298 A Hogan (Newlands/UCD) 79 71 74 74, D O'Brien (L & B) 78 73 77 70, C Doran (Banbridge) 76 73 76 73, E O'Sullivan (The Island) 75 75 76 72, N Kearney (Royal Dublin) 74 74 75 75, A Glynn (Porters Park) 73 76 74 75, E McCormack (Galway) 71 76 77 74, D Finn (Mallow) 69 79 77 73

299 H Diamond (Holywood) 79 72 74 74, G McGrane (Royal Dublin) 77 74 74 74, A McCloy (Ballymena) 75 75 74 75, D O'Donovan (Muskerry) 74 77 71 77, C Martin (Kilkenny) 73 76 75 75

301 R Cannon (Laytown & Battystown) 76 76 76 73, M Brett (Portmarnock) 75 74 77 75, G Reid (Spa) 75 72 77 77, A McCormick (Scrabo) 71 76 76 78

302 S Loftus (Ennis) 80 72 76 74, T Cleary (Cork) 77 74 76 75, D McInerney (Lahinch) 75 76 77 74

303 A O'Callaghan (Douglas) 76 74 79 74

305 E McAnoy (Knock) 79 73 75 78

310 D Coyne (Tuam) 75 76 80 79

311 S Shaw (Lisburn) 77 75 80 79

312 D Joyce (Curragh) 77 75 82 78.

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