Ballinasloe’s Tom Cafferky pinched himself after winning the Irish Boys Amateur Close Championship in Kilkeel.
afferky only started the game four years ago and was completely self-taught. He exceeded all of his expectations by advancing to the finals where he defeated Athlone’s Charlie Kelly 3&2 in a competitive decider.
“I don’t really have a coach,” he said. “I just make it myself and plug it in. If I’m not playing well, I just go to the range and find out.
“To be honest it’s a bit ridiculous to think that I’m Irish boys’ champion, even a place in the top 16 would have been an achievement. I didn’t think I was good enough to get this far.”
He finished second in the strokeplay qualifier and carded rounds of 74 and 75 to level with Athenry’s Cathal Penney, three strokes behind Ballyneety’s Morgan O’Sullivan, who followed a 77 a 69 to end the 99-man field with to lead a two-over.
In match play, he defeated boys international Darcy Hogg of Belvoir Park 3&2 and Ciaran Murphy of Grange 5&4 in the quarterfinals before defeating Matthew Lynch of Greenore 5&4 in the semifinals.
Cafferky made an early move in the final against Kelly and while his opponent started a comeback with a birdie on the 14th to lose back to two, a three-putt bogey on the 15th left him with three to play .
“I knew what I was doing,” Cafferky said. “I was just hitting fairways and greens and trying to make pars because Charlie is good and will make some birdies but you will win holes on pars too.”
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