Paddy Harrington Golf Scholar wins R&A Tournament at St. Andrews

Paddy Harrington Golf Scholar wins R&A Tournament at St. Andrews

Gary Hurley, one of the Paddy Harrington Golf Scholars at NUI Maynooth captured the highly regarded R&A Scholars Bursary Tournament yesterday at St. Andrews in Scotland. Hurley clinched the men's event after winning the first hole of a sudden death play-off against Craig Howie from the University of Stirling. The 20 year-old from NUI Maynooth calmly rolled in a five foot par putt on the 1st hole of the Old Course and watched as Howie failed to hole his slightly shorter putt.

The tournament win means that the Golf Scholar has secured his place in the Palmer Cup team to play the USA. “It was great to come here and win," Gary said, "I really wanted to win to make the team and not have to leave it up for selection.” Gary Hurley will now represent Team Europe against the leading US college based players on June 7-9 at Wilmington Country Club, Delaware, USA.

The R&A Bursary Tournament is the flagship event for the elite collegiate players based in Great Britain and Ireland who receive bursaries and also comprises some of the top international University scholars around the World. The tournament is made up of an elite field of 60 players which included entrants from South Africa, Italy and the Czech Republic at this year’s event.

Paula Grant (University of Ulster) won the Ladies event, making it an Irish double, a feat never before completed.