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McKibbin lands McEvoy trophy in style

​​Holing out from the fairway after being in a bunker on the second tie hole, Ireland's Tom McKibbin has won the Peter McEvoy Trophy at Copt Heath

  • 17 April 2019

Picture: Tom McKibbin playing for Ireland at the 2018 Boys Home Internationals | Golffile

Tom McKibbin stared down his opponents at Copt Heath on Thursday and landed the Peter McEvoy Trophy in style following a three-way playoff for the title.

Having finished the 72 hole championship on 7-under par, McKibbin was joined in the playoff by fellow Ulsterboy Aaron Marshall and Melun Dhaubhadel​.

The playoff started on the 18th with each player holing putts for par to move on to the first hole proper.

McKibbin placed his drive into trouble off the tee, finding a bunker on the right side. His second was 25ft short but his third was majestic - playing over a greenside bunker McKibbin holed out for birdie and when his partners failed to make three he was crowned champ.

He follows in the footsteps of Gavin Moynihan of Ireland who won the event in 2012 and Mark Power (2016).



​​Peter McEvoy Trophy SCORING​.
 
The Bridgestone Boys International Order of Merit resumes in April with the Peter McEvoy Trophy at Copt Heath (17-18 April).
 
The Golfing Union of Ireland have selected a squad of six for the McEvoy Trophy, a prestigious early season boys U18 event. The six players named in the GUI squad are: Joseph Byrne (Baltinglass), Max Kennedy (Royal Dublin), Odhran Maguire (Slieve Russell), Aaron Marshall (Lisburn), Tom McKibbin (Holywood) and Luke O'Neill (Connemara). The Peter McEvoy Trophy is played over 72 holes with the top 40 and ties progressing to the final day. There are two previous Irish winners of the event: Gavin Moynihan (2012) and Mark Power (2016).
 
Meanwhile, an Ireland U16 selection will contest a Quadrangular Tournament at Troon Darley from 20-22 April. Ireland will play against Wales and The Netherlands as well as the hosts, Scotland. The six players selected for the tournament are: Eoghan Cassidy (Kinsale), Mel Deasy​ (Lee Valley), Josh Hill (Galgorm Castle), Ewan McArthur (Massereene), Sean McLoughlin (Co Sligo) and Daniel Mulligan (Laytown & Bettystown).
 
Ireland Boys Selectors John McGrath (Royal Tara) and Kevin Murray (Tramore) will accompany the squad at the Peter McEvoy Trophy. Irish Boys Selector Kevin Raftery (Forrest Little) will accompany the squad at the U16 Quadrangular along with coach Ian Kearney.
 
Holywood's Tom McKibbin and Elm Park's Robert Galligan currently lead the Bridgestone Boys International Order of Merit on 20 points with Joseph Byrne (Baltinglass) next in the table.
 
These matches form part of the GUI's High Performance programme for Junior Golf in 2019. The GUI's High Performance Programme at underage level is supported by Sport Ireland, Sport NI and The R&A.
 
Peter McEvoy Trophy, 17-18 April, Copt Heath: Joseph Byrne (Baltinglass), Max Kennedy (Royal Dublin), Odhran Maguire (Slieve Russell), Aaron Marshall (Lisburn), Tom McKibbin (Holywood), Luke O'Neill (Connemara).
 
U16 Quadrangular Tournament, 20-22 April, Troon Darley: Eoghan Cassidy (Kinsale), Mel Deasy (Lee Valley), Josh Hill (Galgorm Castle), Ewan McArthur (Massereene), Sean McLoughlin (Co Sligo), Daniel Mulligan (Laytown & Bettystown).