Selfridge claimes East of Ireland title

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LAST week Moyola Park’s Chris Selfridge produced a stunning performance to lift the Irish Close Title at Royal Portrush. Chris proved his quality and his progression into the upper echelon of Irish amateur golf by leading from start to finish, something which is a rare achievement at any level of golf. His victory at Royal Portrush gave him a chance of qualifying for the British Open with his passage into the final two qualifying rounds his prize.

To achieve such a prestigious title in any season would satisfy the majority of golfers but then Chris is no ordinary golfer. Just a week after his Irish Close win he headed off to the East of Ireland Championship at Baltray Golf Club.

After 2 rounds, it looked as if Chris would have to settle for a decent place as his rounds of 74 and 73 left him 8 shots behind leader J Fox from Portmarnock. A third round 69 saw him move towards the top of the leaderboard giving him a chance of an incredible double win.

Just as he had withstood the pressure of leading going into the final round at Royal Portrush, this time he proved that he also has the ability to come from behind. A final round of 70 was enough to put him into a play off with N Grant from Knock. More pressure, but Chris was up to the task. Both players had par 4’s at the 1st extra hole and par 5’s at the 2nd. Grant bogeyed the par 4 3rd to give Chris another major title.

It is not just the winning of a second title but the winning of successive major titles in the space of 8 days which makes it such an outstanding achievement. This will surely not be the last big win for a young man who has undoubtedly a very promising future.