Honer’s Sky high victory

by Gazette Reporter

SWORDS junior golfer Kyle Honer has secured victory in the American Golf Junior Championships, taking the overall UK and Ireland title with victory in the best net category after a fantastic round of Net 61.
Honer, who lives in Swords and is a member of Roganstown Golf Club, played the round of his life at the home of golfing giant PING, Gainsborough Golf Club, to secure the American Golf title in front of Sky Sports’ cameras.
Honer, 14, is a pupil at Portmarnock Community School and has made incredible recent progress in his golf. He was one to watch last year when he qualified for the final of the American Golf Junior Championship as a Star of the Future with a handicap of 36.
He returned to qualification in 2016 where he finished second in the event held at his home club, securing qualification for the final for the second year running.
Now playing off 22, he played fantastic golf throughout the final, keeping his cool in front of cameras, taking the 2016 overall title by three shots from Yorkshire junior Dylan Shaw-Radford.
This comes just three days after Honer had won the Munster Championship, topping off an incredible week for the youngster.
After his resounding victory, he said: “The American Golf Junior Championship has been really good fun and a great experience. From the qualifier to the final it was well organised they really made us feel like professionals.
“I won the Munster Championship a couple of days before so I was quite confident but I didn’t expect to win the American Golf Championship as it’s the biggest competition I’ve ever played in.
“On the plane, home the pilot announced that I’d won and the whole plane gave me a round of applause which was pretty cool.”
Swords success didn’t stop at Kyle though, as Roganstown Golf Club member and Gaelscoil Bhrian Boroimhe pupil Sean Keeling picked up the PING Star of the Future award.
Competing against other qualifiers who had made the final by displaying the spirit and character of the game of golf, Keeling shot a fantastic round of 40 to take the prestigious honour.
The Junior Championship is a vital part of American Golf’s drive to get more people out playing golf more often. 2017 will see a series of free events aimed at encouraging juniors and families to pick up a club when American Golf introduces its Family Cup, Pitch & Putt Championship and Adventure Golf Championship alongside the Junior Championship.

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