Power romps to six-shot win in Irish Boys Amateur Open
 Winner Mark Power (Kilkenny) holes his final putt on the 18th green in the final round of the 2016 Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship at Castle Golf Club. Picture by  Pat Cashman

Winner Mark Power (Kilkenny) holes his final putt on the 18th green in the final round of the 2016 Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship at Castle Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Kilkenny's Mark Power added the Irish Boys Amateur Open title to his win in the Peter McEvoy Trophy when he closed with a one under 69 to win by six strokes on seven under 273 at Castle.

A son of three time former Irish Close champions Eileen Rose Power (née McDaid) and Eddie Power, the new champion led by two strokes at halfway but went into Friday's final round tied for the lead with Co Louth's Thomas Mulligan on six under par.

Mulligan birdied the first to go in front but then bogeyed the next five holes before picking up a shot at the ninth to turn in 38 to Power's 37.

On the back nine, it was the Kilkenny player who was by far the steadier and birdies at the 10th, 16th and 17th for a homeward 32 rubber stamped his dominance as Mulligan followed a bogey at the 11th with a birdie at the 13th before a double bogey six at the last gave him a 75 and solo second place on one under 279.

Ballyhaunis' Andrew Hickey closed with a third successive 70 to take third place on two over 282 with Fortwilliam's Hugh O'Hare fourth thanks to a best of the day 67.

England's Arrun Singh Brar and Taylor Stote were fifth and sixth respectively with Rosslare's John Brady sharing seventh place with England's Charlie Thornton as French visitors Ross MacIntosh and Dimitri Mary rounded out the top 10 on seven over.

“I was thinking that anything under par would be good enough, anything around par or under par," Power said. "Thomas got off to a rough start... but I was happy with my back nine.

 King of the Castle.......Winner Mark Power (Kilkenny) with the 2016 Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship trophy after his victory at Castle Golf Club. Picture by  Pat Cashman

King of the Castle.......Winner Mark Power (Kilkenny) with the 2016 Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship trophy after his victory at Castle Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

“It was a little windy, there were a few tricky pins. It was a little bit harder than the first few days. Around the greens I was struggling a little bit, I could really hole that much and I was two over after nine but I knew there were a few more birdie chances on the back nine.

“The course is a lot like Kilkenny. The greens are really fast in Kilkenny and obviously they’re fast here as well. The minute I stepped on the green here I had a good feel. You have to keep it in play, there are a lot of trees so you can find yourself chipping out a lot. The greens roll lovely here so if you give yourself chances you will hole a few.

“I had a good first round and then I just knew if I kept playing around level par I was going to be up there. I’m just delighted the way things worked out.”

Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship

Detailed scores

273 Mark Power (Kilkenny) 65 69 70 69

279 Thomas Mulligan (Co. Louth) 67 69 68 75

282 Andrew Hickey (Ballyhaunis) 72 70 70 70

283 Hugh O'Hare (Fortwilliam) 70 75 71 67

284 Arrun Singh Brar (England) 69 72 72 71

285 Taylor Stote (England) 71 70 69 75

286 Charlie Thornton (England) 74 72 69 71, John Brady (Rosslare) 66 75 72 73

287 Ross MacIntosh (France) 73 74 67 73, Dimitri Mary (France) 70 68 75 74

288 Hyest Hugo (France) 72 78 67 71, Freddie MacArthur (England) 71 72 73 72, Conor Byrne (Ireland) 70 73 72 73, Cameron Raymond (Newlands) 67 74 71 76

289 Thomas Boulanger (France) 74 71 73 71, Patrick Brennan (Belvoir Park) 68 76 72 73

290 Peter Cummins (Lurgan) 73 72 72 73

291 Joseph Hanney (The Island) 71 77 73 70, Jack Ainscough (England) 70 72 74 75

292 Hugo Riboud (France) 72 72 76 72

293 Andrew Mulhall (Waterford Castle) 76 70 73 74, John Murphy (Kinsale) 73 73 73 74, Michael McGurk (Warrenpoint) 73 73 73 74

294 Darragh Smith (Castle) 80 75 69 70, Marin Maeti (France) 77 78 68 71, Robert Moran (Castle) 73 72 69 80, James Cooper (England) 70 76 70 78

295 Eamonn O'Driscoll (Ireland) 74 71 74 76, Niall Hearns (Mountrath) 73 74 77 71

296 Micheal Shiel (Athenry) 76 74 74 72, Quentin Debove (France) 76 73 72 75, Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick) 76 73 70 77, Sean Desmond (Monkstown) 75 75 73 73, Niklas Blyth (Germany) 74 77 71 74, Conor Hynds (Ardglass) 71 75 74 76, Ryan Corry (Clandeboye) 70 74 79 73

297 Quim Vidal Mora (Spain) 78 73 73 73, Tadeas Tetak (Slovakia) 74 74 74 75, Jack Madden (Dungannon) 74 73 75 75, Allan Hill (Athenry) 73 73 75 76, Aymeric Laussot (France) 68 77 73 79

298 Shane Kearney (Esker Hills) 75 74 74 75

299 Jason Murphy (Greenore) 77 73 71 78, Ross Kelly (Tuam) 75 77 71 76, Matthew Grehan (Tullamore) 73 77 69 80, Matthew Fitzsimons (Ardglass) 70 78 73 78

301 Brian Staunton (Mount Juliet) 80 70 73 78, Kevin Power (Kilkenny) 75 74 74 78

302 Eric Rumley (Kinsale) 77 76 71 78, James Cronin (Woodbrook) 74 72 77 79, Patrick Somers (Grange) 69 75 79 79

305 Conor Rice (Athlone) 77 74 73 81

306 Paul Kelly (Glasson) 72 73 78 83

307 Jordan Logue (Hilton Templepatrick) 76 71 76 84

308 Tommy Doran (Balbriggan) 74 73 76 85

309 Charlie McDonnell (Castleblayney) 74 74 76 85

 

Non qualifiers

225 Charles Larcelet (France) 76 75 74, Tom Gueant (France) 75 78 72, Jake Benson (England) 75 76 74, Jack Doherty (Carton House) 74 76 75, Paddy Culhane (Galway) 74 74 77, Brian O'Connell (Bandon) 74 74 77, Jack Hearn (Tramore) 73 77 75, Owen Crooks (Bushfoot) 71 79 75, Tom Trowbridge (England) 70 81 74

226 Alan Fahy (Dun Laoghaire) 80 76 70, Daniel McNally (Carton House) 79 70 77, Yvan Ducler (France) 76 78 72, Aaron Ryan (Thurles) 75 79 72, David McAleenon (Edenmore) 75 75 76, Nathan McCann (Lurgan) 74 76 76

227 Tom Vaillant (France) 79 74 74, Ross Nelson (Belvoir Park) 77 74 76, Jonathan Hayden (The Royal Dublin) 76 78 73, Connor Mulholland (Mount Juliet) 74 75 78, Tommy Smyth (Castle) 74 74 79, Mark Healy (Kinsale) 71 79 77, David Cunningham (Tandragee) 70 77 80

228 Darren Hourihan (Douglas) 80 74 74, Mikey Burke (Galway) 78 76 74, Harry Gillivan (Westport) 78 76 74, Jack Tuohy (Galway Bay) 76 78 74, James Temple (Portmarnock) 75 80 73, Marc McKinstry (Cairndhu) 75 79 74, Ciaran Vaughan (Limerick) 73 80 75

229 Cian Mooney (Faithlegg) 79 78 72, Robert Galligan (Elm Park) 78 76 75, Ferdinand Le Tendre (France) 77 77 75, Lucas Mota Pascual (Spain) 76 77 76, Charlie Denvir (Powerscourt) 75 79 75, Andrea Milazzo (France) 75 78 76

230 Andrew Gavin (Black Bush) 80 74 76, Manel Beltran-Pomedio (Spain) 78 77 75, David Kitt (Athenry) 78 76 76, Ben Graham (Knock) 76 77 77, Cathal Hastings (Castlebar) 75 81 74, Chayan Duha (France) 75 71 84

231 Legros Maxime (France) 81 74 76, Robert Abernethy (Dun Laoghaire) 78 78 75, Odhran Maguire (Slieve Russell) 78 76 77, Marius Cara (France) 78 76 77, Harry Duggan (Kilkenny) 77 74 80, Aaron Lennie (Clandeboye) 75 79 77, Ryan Morrisson (England) 74 79 78, Ben Hynes (Greystones) 72 84 75

232 Ian Halpin (Cahir Park) 80 79 73, Cillian Moloney (Fota Island) 78 75 79, Brian Fehily (Newlands) 75 79 78, Brendan Rossiter (Rosslare) 74 77 81, David Burns (Cushendall) 71 83 78

233 Robert Downes (Galway Bay) 80 82 71, Niall Grant (The Island) 77 83 73, Sean Kestell (Woodbrook) 77 79 77, Gareth Carr (Mullingar) 76 81 76, Richard Duggan (Kilkenny) 73 84 76, Jake Vickers (Balbriggan) 72 80 81

234 Liam Dowling (Mallow) 81 79 74, Sean Doyle (Athlone) 80 81 73, Gabriel Gribben (Fortwilliam) 80 72 82

235 Adam Boland (Mallow) 81 81 73, Sean Burke (Galway) 81 77 77, Michael Wylde (Killiney) 80 70 85, Mats Markovits (Netherlands) 76 83 76, Charlie Dawson (Tramore) 75 83 77

236 Raphael Le Bot (France) 80 81 75, Louis O'Hara (Athenry) 79 83 74, Stewart McCaw (Royal Belfast) 78 80 78

237 Conor McDonald (Lurgan) 78 82 77, Jake Rowe (Tandragee) 76 80 81, Ashley Emerson (Ardglass) 76 80 81

238 Rory Murphy (Powerscourt) 86 77 75, Louis Theys (Belgium) 82 78 78, David O'Reilly (Carton House) 80 75 83, Jeff Kealy (Kilkenny) 76 79 83

239 Paddy Bird (Co. Sligo) 82 75 82, Michael O'Farrell (Galway) 78 80 81

240 Tyrone Clarke (Royal Portrush) 83 79 78, Lorcan O'Sullivan (The Heritage Golf Club) 81 79 80

241 Nicolas Muller (France) 85 77 79, Patrick Cunnane (Malone) 78 81 82, Oriol Martinez-Lozano (Spain) 76 79 86

243 Calum Spicer (Dromoland) 82 77 84

244 Seamus Burke (Mount Juliet) 80 85 79

246 Ciaran Henry (Strandhill) 75 88 83

247 Oisin O'Driscoll (Ireland) 85 83 79

248 Michael Kennelly (Athenry) 87 85 76, Jack McGarry (Rosslare) 85 82 81, Dara Phelan (Faithlegg) 77 86 85

250 Ryan Thompson (Greenacres) 88 79 83

252 William Eardley (England) 89 81 82

265 Joseph Keyes (Co. Sligo) 90 80 95

WD  Conor Ruane (Galway Bay) 81 78 WD, Christopher Taylor (Kanturk) 74 86 WD, Ryan Eccles (Carton House) 82 79 WD, Zach Glynn (Bray) 77 WD, Bill Hannan (Carton House) 82 WD