Kellys Junior Masters 2015
A junior member has written himself into Kellys Golf Centre history by becoming the first person to win the 'Grandslam' of junior competitions. Burren native, Rían Carvill completed the sweep on Saturday April 11th when he won the junior Masters tournament in emphatic style, finishing on a fantasic -3 score for 18 holes; four shots clear of second placed Jack Howlett.
The two time Winter League and one time Summer League champion shot a steady front nine, going out in one under par, 26. Three birdies on his score card were marred by two bogeys which opened the way for Dylan Medlicott, whose '2' at the 9th put him within two shots of the leader. Rian might have had one arm in the sleeve of the green jacket but the chasing pack were not giving up hope.
Jack Howlett, John Dunne and this year's Winter League Champion, Michael Colhoun gave a great account of themselves and were within four shots of the leader but it was on the back nine where Carvill would turn on the flare. Rían started with a birdie on his 10th hole which settled the nerves. His lead was now substantial enough that the chasers had to make birdies to maintain their hopes of winning, as for Rían, four straight pars took him to the difficult sixth hole where he dropped his only shot of the back nine.
If his nerve came into question, it was soon answered and in style as he closed out his first Kellys Masters win with two birdies in his last three holes. The jacket was presented to Rían by Dougie Bell back in the club house and one can only wonder how many more titles he can pick up in the next few years at Kellys Golf Centre.