Hoey Wins British Amateur


Michael Hoey became the first Irishman to win the British Amateur Championship since 1985, as he successfully defeated Ian Campbell of Wales 1-up in the 36-hole final at Prestwick, Scotland.
Hoey never trailed Campbell once during Saturdays finale, yet the match did have its close moments.
The 22-year-old was 1-up through the first 18 holes, but Campbell brought the match to A/S on the 16th hole of the second round, when he made birdie.
However, an immediate bogey at the next for Campbell, and the game again went to 1-up in favor of Hoey.
When Campbell missed a 3-footer for birdie at the 18th, the title was sealed for Hoey.
I feel really sorry for Ian because we both didnt play well, said Hoey. I was just a little more fortunate at the end than Ian.
His good fortune will find him with some nice surprises in upcoming times, as Hoey will be invited to compete in this years British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and then in next years Masters Tournament at Augusta.
Its ridiculous to think Ill be playing in the Masters, he exclaimed. I cant believe how much this week has taken out of me. I was really tired out there today.
The last Irishman to win the Amateur was Garth McGimpsey in 1985.
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