Irish eyes are smiling for Moore

Bradley Moore

Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire) added to his list of impressive performances by winning the Irish Boys Open Championship at Thurles in Tipperary.

The England boy international (pictured, image © Leaderboard Photography) carded a closing round of 74 for an aggregate of 285, three under par, to finish two strokes ahead of Jack Davidson from Wales, Antoin Auboin from France and another English entrant Laird Shepherd (Crowborough Beacon, Sussex).

Shepherd, a member of the South East of England Regional under 18 (AASE) squad, won the under 17 title and Auboin the under 16 prize. Sixteen-year-old Moore’s latest success adds to his growing number of achievements.

In 2013, he won the McEvoy Trophy, the Midland Region Schools Championship and the European Young Masters in Germany. He also reached the semi-finals of the British Boys, was a quarter finalist in the Michel Carlhian Trophy in France and finished runner in the English under 16 Championship for the McGregor Trophy.

Prior to his latest triumph in Ireland, Moore was runner-up in this year’s McEvoy Trophy and won the individual contest at the Midland Boys Qualifying.

Also in the top five at Thurles was Jamie Li (Bath, Somerset), a member of the South West under 18 squad, and Will Enefer (The Wrekin, Shropshire & Herefordshire), a member of the West Midlands under 16 squad. Li carded a closing 69 for 288, level par, while Enefer was on the same mark after a last round 70.

Yorkshire’s Jonathan Thomson finished seventh on 289. In the same event last year, Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood, Sussex) lost a playoff for the title.

Leading final scores: 285 B Moore (Keleston Park) 70 73 68 74 287 J Davidson (Wales) 79 69 71 68, A Auboin (France) 74 68 74 71, L Shepherd (Crowborough Beacon) 70 69 75 73 288 J Li (Bath) 73 73 73 69, W Enefer (The Wrekin) 72 73 73 70 289 J Thomson (Lindrick) 72 74 72 71, T Mulligan (Laytown & Bettystown)