Lester claims North of Ireland Championship
Hermitage international Rowan Lester defeated his Ireland teammate Colin Fairweather by two holes to win the North of Ireland Amateur Open at Royal Portrush.
In a topsy-turvy final, Lester recovered from a two-hole deficit to claim his first major title. After losing the South of Ireland final to Stuart Grehan in 2015, it was another case of what might have been for Knock’s Colin Fairweather, who took Lester all the way.
Like Fairweather, Lester had come close before, losing out to Conor Purcell in last year’s South of Ireland final. And when Fairweather held a two-hole lead with seven holes remaining, it seemed like Lester would have to settle for second-best again.
Lester won the 12th to halve the deficit and while the next three holes were halved, the match went all square on 15. “I said to myself standing on the 15th tee: ‘If I can play the last four in level par I will win.’”
Having set himself a target, Lester started to turn the match in his favour and pars proved sufficient on the way home to clinch the title.
Double success for Leinster
The Leinster Women and Girls’ Teams have had double success in Shannon Golf Club at the 2017 Interprovincial Matches. The Leinster Women, who last won in 2014 at Tramore, overcame Connacht 6.5 – 1.5 making it three wins from three while the Girls’ mirrored their senior counterparts, dominating each of their three encounters.