BRILLIANT Donegal golfer Kyle McCarron has followed in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy and been crowned Irish Amateur Golf Champion.
Now Kyle is hoping Donegal’s Seniors and Minors make it a super Donegal TREBLE for the county at Croke Park this weekend.
TWO school pals and school team mates are part of the squads later today – Darach O’Connor for the Seniors and Caolan McGonagle for the Minors.
Kyle comes from a long family of golfers with his father, grandfather, and great grandfather all having played golf in North West Golf Club in Lisfannon.
Kyle’s parents got him his first golf club when he was only two.
“But Kyle had no interest in golf until he was about 13, he always played football for Inishowen but decided to give it up and got a great interest in golf,” said proud mum Roisin.
“He is 18 years old now and has a handicap of +1, which he has strived to get to for a long time.”
And she insisted: “Kyle and the rest of us are now hoping for a Donegal treble this weekend…wins for the Minors and Seniors at Croke Park would be fantastic!”
Kyle has won quiet a few competitions in his short career but this was his first big one, he won the 2014 Irish Amateur Golf Championship in Ardglass Co Down.
Said Roisin: “Rory McIlroy won this title in 2004, Graeme McDowell won it in 1999 and 2000, to name a few, so Kyle is delighted to be getting his name alongside them.”
Kyle is having a great week because last Saturday in NWGC while playing in president’s prize, Kyle carded a Hole in One at the 2nd hole, a par 4 hole..360 yds, this has never been done there before so he caused quite a stir in north west for that.
Kyle played last year for the Ulster Team at the Interprovencial golf championship in Cork. He has just done his leaving certificate and is starting NUI Maynooth in Mid September, where he was offered a Paddy Harrington Golf Scholarship at Maynooth University.