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Louis Oosthuizen

Oosthuizen wins Irish Amateur Open at Dollymount

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen made his first visit to Royal Dublin in May 2002 when he shot a four under par final round of 68 to win the Irish Amateur Open Championship by a single shot over the Dollymount Links.

The 19 year old South African from Swellendam was nine behind halfway leader Paul Bradshaw starting the final day but youngster from the Southern Cape shot a 71 in the morning’s play followed by a 68 in the afternoon which included five birdies in the first nine holes.

Despite a monstrous drive and perfect six-iron to 25 feet, Oosthuizen three putted the difficult 18th to set a clubhouse target of five under par 283 with rounds of 73 71 71 68. It was good enough for a one shot victory over Paul Bradshaw.

A product of the Ernie Els Foundation, Oosthuizen looked like schoolboy compared to the rest of the field. “I just try to enjoy myself on the course,” he said. “Ernie Els has told us to go out and have fun and that’s what I tried to do today. It’s a real thrill from me to win here.”

He followed in the steps of fellow South African Bobby Locke who as an 18 year old on his first visit to Europe won the low amateur prize at the Open Championship of Ireland played at Royal Dublin.  Louis Oosthuizen went on to win the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews and was subsequently made an Honorary Member at Royal Dublin.


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The Royal Dublin Golf Club

North Bull Island Nature Reserve , Dollymount, Dublin 3 , Ireland

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