Conor Purcell became the first ever Irishman to win the Australian Amateur Championship after claiming victory in a playoff at Woodlands Golf Club in Melbourne.
The competition has a long and storied history spanning 125-years with the Portmarnock man becoming the tournament’s first ever Irish victor.
Purcell faced adversity during his final round in Melbourne with Nathan Barbieri coming back from four shots down with just 10 holes to play forcing a play-off as the 21-year old failed to make par in the 36th and final hole.
The talented young amateur bounced back however and on the first playoff hole making par where Barbieri could not, to make history and claim the victory.
“The last few holes were a bit edgy, but to cap it off on the playoff hole was nice,” said Purcell, a former national champion in tennis in addition to being a talented golfer.
An extraordinary golf match comes to and end after 37 holes.
@barbieri_nathan watches his par putt slide by, and Ireland’s Conor Purcell is the Australian Amateur Champion.
Well played fellas, it must have been quite a show!
@GolfAust @GolfNSW #AusAm pic.twitter.com/M08EmV2GWc
— Warren Smith (@WarrenSmithFOX) January 20, 2019
“Credit to Nathan, he made a couple of great shots when he needed to today and it was pretty tense that last few minutes.”
“Funnily enough I was more nervous on the first tee this morning than I was going down the playoff hole – I felt quite comfortable still because I’d been playing well all week.”