Jamie wins Irish title

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Jamie wins Irish title thumbnailNewry's Jamie Fletcher won the AIB Irish Amatuer Close Championship in Galway

GOLFER Jamie Fletcher was in stunning form over the weekend, the Newry 21-year-old winning the AIB Irish Amateur Close Championship at Galway.

It was a dream come true for Jamie who plays his golf with Warrenpoint and indeed he is the third member of the club to lift this much-coveted trophy.

Ronan Rafferty won it in 1980 while Gary McNeill did likewise in 1991.

Others who carried off this famous old trophy reads like a who's who of golf - Rory McIlroy and Darren Clark to name just two.

In the final Jamie beat Athenry's David Kitt by one hole while he knocked out Castleknock's Paul Coughlan in the semi-final.

Jamie, who lives at Meadowbrook Park, close to the Five Ways Roundabout, is a swimming instructor with Craigmore Swimming School and he told the Democrat: "I was speechless when I won it, but going into the tournament I was pretty confident I could win it as I knew I had the game to do it.

"I was three up on the back nine but then I made a few mistakes. Still I finished strongly and had two pars on the tough 17th and 18th holes.

"I was especially delighted for my father Richard who has backed me all the way. Also I would like to thank uncle Joe (Boyd) my caddy and my nanny Lil (Fletcher) who drove me everywhere. Hopefully now I'll get a call up to the Irish Men's Senior team and can work my way up the world rankings." Father Richard was a proud man as he said: "Apart from seeing my children being born and marrying my wife Sinead, it was the most emotional moment of my life."

Jamie began playing golf when he was 12, his grandparents Lil and Tom Fletcher taking him to Spain to learn his game.

Since then the Newry lad has progressed at a fantastic rate. Jamie though pays tribute to golf professional Dougie Bell who twice took him to Spain to sharpen up and in fact Dougie has worked on every aspect of his game.

Stepmother Sinead concluded by saying: "I'm buzzing for Jamie and also for Richard because I know all the work the put in how proud he is of his son."


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