Hume doubles up with Ulster Boys win

JACK HUME (Rathsallagh) grabbed his second provincial title inside a week with victory in the Ulster Boys Amateur Open Championship at Co Armagh GC yesterday.
The 16-year-old scratch golfer began yesterday’s final 36 holes five shots behind leader Adam Hanley (Corrstown) but two rounds of 69 eventually saw him finish one shot ahead of Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass).
Hume has just completed four and a half month spell honing his game in Florida at the IMG golf academy in Bradenton and plans to attend the Golf Academy in Greenmount, Co Antrim later this year.
His morning round of 69 left him just one shot behind Sharvin and Hanley but he quickly closed the gap with birdies at the second and third.
Another birdie followed at the par four sixth but he also mixed in dropped shots at the fourth and eighth to be out in 33.
Sharvin could only manage a 36 and with Hanley also failing to fire, Hume had got his nose in front for the first time.
The Ardglass golfer refused to go away and fought back over the back nine. When Hume dropped a shot at the par four 15th both boys were level.
Sharvin saw a glorious chance to take the lead snatched away from him on the 17th when his putt for birdie horseshoed out.
Level playing the last, Hume found the left hand rough with his drive and his approach finished 15 feet from the hole while Sharvin’s drive found the trees.
From there his recovery shot failed to find the green and he eventually wedged the ball on in three, 10 feet from the hole. He had given himself a chance but Hume closed the door, rattling in his putt for birdie to seal the title.
“Cormac had a bit of bad luck on 17 when his putt lipped out but I was pleased with the way I rolled mine in on 18,” said Hume who is coached by Brendan McDaid.
“It means a lot to win the Ulster title. It just shows that all my practice in America is paying off.”
This was the first time that the Ulster Boys Championship has been conducted using a strokeplay format and Ulster Branch Chairman, Ivor McCandless, is convinced the branch have made the right decision.
“You have to move with the times,” said McCandless.
“Last year the final was contested by two boys from the south and at the presentation we had the two boys and their parents, it was a non-event.
“The strokeplay with a shotgun start means that the weather is the same for all the competitors, so it’s fair for all of them.
“I think there is a lot going for it. There was a decent sized crowd here today and a bit of atmosphere.
“I still believe that there is a place for match-play events and I would hate to see them disappear.”

Championship Winner – Jack Hume (Rathsallagh) 282

Second Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass) 284

Third Adam Hanley (Corrstown) 285

Fourth Jamie Richardson (Royal Portrush) 289

Fifth Graham Donohoe (Enniscorthy) 289

Sixth Adam Brown (Tandragee) 289

Best U17 Player – Connor Glynn (Carton House) 290

Best U15 Player – William Russell (Clandeboye) 293

Special Prize for Hole in One
Luke Woods (Banbridge)

Alan Lowry (Esker Hills)


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