Irish double at the 2013 R&A Scholars' Tournament

Young Irish players Gary Hurley and Paula Grant won the 2013 R&A Foundation Scholars' Tournament in St Andrews today.

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.

Hurley and Howie finished the three-round stroke play event tied on 211 after both came in with four under par 68s in today's final round on the Old Course. They were one shot clear of Andrew Wilson from Northumbria and four players were tied on 213: University of Stirling team mates Patrick Spraggs and Cormac Sharvin and their Ulster counterparts Tiarnan McLarnon and Paula Grant.

Hurley, who missed out on the Boyd Quaich after a countback last year, learned from that experience on the Old Course to control his nerves in the play-off and secure his place in the European Palmer Cup team to play the USA. "It was great to come here and win," he said. "I really wanted to win to make the team and not have to leave it up for selection. I have won university events at home but this is a bigger win for me.

"When I was playing the 18th I didn't know my putt was to win so I was more cautious than I would have been had I known. I made up my mind that if I had a putt to win in the play-off I wouldn't hold back. My putt on the 1st green rolled a few feet past but fortunately I was able to hole the one coming back."

Grant, the 2011 Irish Girls' Champion, won the women's event by one shot from two-time winner and fellow Stirling player Kelsey Macdonald. The 19 year-old from Lisburn was playing her first round on the Old Course and, although she could not match her performance in the first two rounds on the Eden Course, was delighted to hole a lengthy putt across the famous 18th green to seal the victory after a round of 77.

"This was my first time playing the Old Course and I was so nervous," she said. "I hit a nice four iron on the 1st tee and that settled me down a bit. It has been incredible to play here and this is a great event. It is my first win overseas and I will definitely be looking forward to playing in it again."

A field of 56 competitors from throughout the UK and Ireland and countries such as Germany, Italy, Czech Republic and South Africa played two rounds on the Eden Course and one round on the Old Course.

    Round 1 Round 2 36 Holes Round 3 Total
1 Gary Hurley NUI Maynooth 71 72 143 68 211
= Craig Howie Stirling 72 71 143 68 211
3 Andrew Wilson Northumbria 68 75 143 69 212
4 Patrick Spraggs Stirling 74 71 145 68 213
= Cormac Sharvin Stirling 70 72 142 71 213
= Tiarnan McLarnon Ulster 72 68 140 73 213
= Paula Grant Ulster 68 68 136 77 213
8 Kelsey Macdonald Stirling 69 74 143 71 214
9 Laurie Potter Exeter 70 74 144 72 216
= Mathias Eggenberger Stirling 74 69 143 73 216
11 Alexander Culverwell Stirling 74 72 146 71 217
= Eilidh Briggs Stirling 73 73 146 71 217
13 Jack McDonald Stirling 75 72 147 71 218
= Matthew McClean Ulster 69 78 147 71 218
= Kit Holmes Stirling 73 73 146 72 218
16 Craig Chalmers Strathclyde 78 70 148 71 219
= Tai Yasuda Loughborough 71 73 144 75 219
18 Sean Blinkhorn Myerscough 75 74 149 71 220
= Shaun Carter NUI Maynooth 74 70 144 76 220
20 Gemma Bradbury St Andrews 74 75 149 72 221
= Freddie Edmunds St Andrews 68 80 148 73 221
= Christopher Johnston Exeter 72 74 146 75 221
23 Matt Hill Loughborough 76 74 150 72 222
= Joe Heraty Central Lancashire 76 72 148 74 222
25 Vicki Troeltsch Germany 74 77 151 72 223
= Gareth Jenkins Birmingham 73 76 149 74 223
= Oliver Roberts Stirling 72 75 147 76 223
28 Scott Brown SAC Ayr 75 75 150 74 224
= Nick Wildman Exeter 72 76 148 76 224
30 Lewis Pearce Lincoln 73 78 151 74 225
= Harry Chapple Birmingham 75 76 151 74 225
32 Mike Howard Stirling 74 82 156 70 226
33 Thomas Jessamine Birmingham 81 76 157 70 227
= Mark Duncalf Central Lancashire 76 79 155 72 227
= Robert Mackay Sheffield Hallam 81 73 154 73 227
= Nick Macandrew Aberdeen 78 76 154 73 227
= Melissa McMahon Buckinghamshire New 77 77 154 73 227
= Gabrielle Macdonald St Andrews 78 75 153 74 227
= Lewis Hollingworth Lincoln 79 71 150 77 227
40 Conor Wilson Plymouth 75 79 154 74 228
= Dewi Merckx Stirling 76 77 153 75 228
= Martin Tavoda Birmingham 72 79 151 77 228
= Marco Loubser Pretoria South Africa 76 74 150 78 228
44 David Prochazka Czech Republic 76 79 155 74 229
45 Bronwyn Davies Myerscough 79 76 155 75 230
46 Angus Carrick Stirling 79 75 154 77 231
= Sinead Sexton NUI Maynooth 78 75 153 78 231
= Emma Newlove Birmingham 77 75 152 79 231
= Ben Sardo Central Lancashire 80 70 150 81 231
50 Michael Daily Stirling 85 76 161 71 232
51 Ami Storey Northumbria 76 79 155 78 233
52 Katie Bradbury Exeter 82 78 160 75 235
53 Daniel Hahn Myerscough 82 81 163 73 236
54 Lucie Hinnerova Czech Republic 83 76 159 81 240
= Charlotte Austwick York 80 75 155 85 240
56 Federica Costantini Italy 85 80 165 84 249
             
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