Fairweather and Mulligan secure NI Open invites

Thursday, 27 July 2017

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KNOCK'S Colin Fairweather overcame fellow Irish international and former champion Tiarnon McLarnon and Boys international Thomas Mulligan in a play-off to win last week's Northern Ireland Amateur Open, sponsored by Specsavers Ballymena at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.
The Belfast native shot rounds of 72 and 74 to tie on four-over 146 with McLarnon (77, 69) and Mulligan (69,77).
After defeat in last Friday's North of Ireland Championship final to Rowan Lester at Royal Portrush, Fairweather was delighted to get over the line, though he didn't make things easy for himself in testing, windy conditions at the Ballymena venue.
Fairweather was leading by one playing the final hole in the 36-hole strokeplay event but lost his ball off the tee.
The 26-year-old eventually made a bogey six at the par five to force a play-off with Massereene's McLarnon and Mulligan from Laytown & Bettystown.
The new champion didn't make the same mistake in sudden death after hitting a long drive down the fairway before firing a seven-iron onto the green to set up a two-putt birdie from 20 feet.
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