What a great weekend as Conor O'Rourke claimed the prestigious Nassau Invitational in New York. Conor travelled as part of the two person Irish team with fellow international Tiarnan McLarnon and was leading qualifier (69) going into the matchplay stages on Saturday. He won both his matches on Saturday quite comprehensively which set him up to play Steve Tarulli in the semi final and duly came through that test 3&2.
In the final Conor faced Steve Zychowski and he got off to a great start and was 2 up after 10 but he then lost the 11th and conceded the 12th after calling a penalty on himself, but showing great resolve Conor then went on to win the 13th to go one up. His opponent then birdied 16 to square the match which remained all square heading to the 18th, Conor hit his wedge to 6 foot on the last and with his opponent making par he cooly slotted in the birdie putt to claim the title. Conor now becomes the fifth Irish winner of the Nassau and remarkably the second winner from Naas G.C in three years following Jack Hume's victory in 2014.
Conor will now return home soon and will decide on his golfing future with the lure of the professional game being one option together with the possibility of staying Amateur and striving to make next year's Walker Cup team either way we are all very proud of Conor.