UCD golfer Yates claims West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship

Jonathan holes put to win championship

Posted March 31, 2016

  • Arts student wins amateur tournament won previously by multiple Major winners McIlroy and Harrington
  • Victory is big boost for Dubliner's hopes of getting his first International cap for Ireland

UCD golfer and Arts student Jonathan Yates has won the West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship.

Jonathan Yates (22), from Churchtown, Dublin, beat Castle Golf Club’s Daniel Holland with a dramatic 2 and 1 win at the 17th hole at County Sligo Golf Club, Rosses Point.

He now joins a list of prestigious golfers who have won this competition, including four-time Major winner and World number three Rory McIlroy, UCD’s own Shane Lowry and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington.

Despite the loss of the first hole to a Holland birdie, the UCD Arts student steadied himself with a fine display from tee to green coupled with some precision putting.

He won three of the four holes from the fourth after he birdied the seventh and Holland bogeyed the fifth and sixth, and the powerful UCD man never relinquished his lead after that.

A bogey at the eighth left him just one up again. He got a birdie at the 12th and pars for halves at the 13th, 14th and 15th. But a bogey at the par three 16th which left Jonathan just one up again set up a dramatic finale.

Jonathan hit a sold three iron to the fringe at the par-three 17th and two-putted to win the championship with a par after Holland failed to save par from 15 feet.

The UCD student beat defending champion Dermot McElroy in the semi final.

The win means Jonathan, who plays at Naas Golf Club, has taken a significant step towards claiming his first international amateur cap for Ireland.

The West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship is the first Major competition on the amateur golfing calendar in Ireland.

Jonathan is a second year BA Joint Honours student: Geography and Sociology at UCD.

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