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Great start to new beginning for Vorster

​South Africa's Martin Vorster tamed the Baltray links on Monday to win the East of Ireland Championship sponsored by The d Hotel at County Louth Golf Club.

  • 03 June 2019

​PHOTO: Martin Vorster, East of Ireland champion for 2019. Image by Cashman Photography.

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The 17-year old played his final 36 holes in a sensational 10-under par to win by four strokes from the 2016 East champion Paul O'Hanlon of Carton House. He's the second overseas winner of the East of Ireland following on from friend and compatriot Christo Lamprecht's victory in 2018.

Vorster, who is the current Junior Open champion, landed his first senior title on a nine-under total of 279.

"It's an unbelievable feeling to get my first [senior] international win so soon, it's a really great feeling, I'm just out of words. My goal for today was to chase, I knew I was going to have to" beamed the teenager afterwards.​

Course management in tricky wind conditions at times proved key in putting his score together.

"The wind was bad but not too bad, it was manageable so I knew I was going to have consistent rounds to be able to get the job done and thankfully it all worked out."

Eleven birdies over the final two rounds on Monday with just a single bogey coming on the par 3 fifth hole in his final round the South African is looking forward to the step-up to men's golf with the help of this maiden win.

"It's a great start to a new beginning just to be able to push through. It's a different type of pressure and I think it's going to help me and make it easier the next time"

Next up for Vorster is the St Andrews Links Trophy, a return to the scene of his Junior Open success last year. He will move into the world's top 200 with this win when the rankings are published on Wednesday.

Runner-up O'Hanlon was delighted with his performance on a course he knows well.

"I think the weather conditions today it was a big advantage knowing the golf course the way I did. I didn't make too many mental errors and when I got to five-under I thought it would be a pretty good score and maybe have a chance but when I got to the 16th and saw that he [Vorster] had got to nine-under and that was that".

Colm Campbell picked up another haul of Bridgestone Order of Merit points with a third place finish. That sees the Warrenpoint man move higher up the rankings and towards his goal of another Ireland cap for the Home Internationals this September.