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Keating handed Ulster Boys title after Storm Francis ends competition

Dylan Keating
Seapoint's Dylan Keating.

Local golfer Dylan Keating won the Ulster Boys Championship at Warrenpoint on Tuesday, after the second day of the tournament was abandoned after Storm Francis caused structural damage to the county Down course.

The Seapoint clubman was awarded the title after overnight flooding made the course unplayable for day two of the competition. The 18-year-old had opened with a first day five-under-par on the par-66 course, building up a strong five stroke lead over Conor Clarke from Balmoral.

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He was six strokes ahead of a grouping Adam Challoner, Thomas Higgins, Luke Cunninghan, Robert Galligan, Ethan Garvey and Mel Deasy – who all shot one-over rounds.

Seapoint’s Dylan Keating captured the Ulster Boys Championship at Warrenpoint when the second day was abandoned due to structural damage to the course. After Storm Francis hit overnight, Irish Golf Desk report, Ulster Branch officials had no choice but to abandon the second round and declare the result over 18 holes.

On Monday, Keating had birdied the first, third and fourth before bogeying the eighth and then birdying the ninth to turn in 34. Keating then shot an eagle two at the 11th before parring the remainder of his round.

Keating, from Termonfeckin and a former Dundalk Grammar School student, is an Irish boys international and won Regional Qualifying for The Open and the Munster Boys last year having previously captured the Ulster Under 16 and Irish Under 16 titles. Earlier in the summer, he won the Scratch series tournament at Seapoint Golf Links.

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