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Irish title for Navan golfer

Story by Jimmy Geoghegan

Wednesday, 6th July, 2011 4:59pm

Irish title for Navan golfer

Headfort's Brian Casey enjoyed national success at Tramore on Friday when he won the Irish Youths Amateur Close Championship in fine style.

Promising golfer Brian Casey, a member of the Headfort club, gave an impressive final day display to win the Irish Youths Amateur Close Championship at Tramore Golf Club on Friday finishing with a course record 66.

Casey, who is from Navan and is the son of former Navan O'Mahonys footballer Joe Casey, trailed by 10 shots behind overnight leader Stephen Barry (Laytown/Bettystown) going into the final day.

A third round score of three-under-par 69 resulted in Casey closing the gap to five as Barry faltered. The Laytown/Bettystown golfer dropped four shots over the last two holes on his way to a 74.

Casey covered the last nine of his third round with a highly impressive 31 and equalled the feat in the afternoon to run out a two-stroke winner.

Barry closed with a 73 to take the runner-up spot.

Last May Casey also completed an impressive comeback to win the Leinster Youths Amateur Close Championships at Knightsbrook, Trim.

Casey shot a final round three under par 69 to force a play off against Shaun Carter of Stackstown.

The young Meath golfer then held his nerve to win in a sudden death situation recording a birdie three on the par four first hole at the Trim venue.

Another Headfort golfer, Pauline Walsh took the runner-up position in the Irish Seniors championship last week.

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