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Local talent Reece Black swings his way to a Major golf trophy

13 June 2017

The talent of local teenager Reece Black was recognised by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council during 2016/17 season when he received an ‘Elite Athlete Training Bursary’ and a ‘Grant for Individuals’ to enable him to offset the high costs associated with participating in competitions.  

Reece has recently become the youngest winner in the 77-year history of the East of Ireland Amateur Open when he fired a sensational six-under-par 66, to win by three strokes at County Louth.  The 17-year old is the first teenager to win since 19-year old Raymie Burns successfully defended his title in 1993. Reece claimed the coveted title coming from six strokes behind overnight leader, Colin Woodroofe to win on five-under par 283, from Grange's, Robbie Pierse.

Reece commented, “I was thrilled to get the biggest win of my career, I have been an Irish International since the age of 13 and in the future I would love to go on and play for the Senior Ireland team making my career in golf.  A huge thank you goes to all the support I have been given by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’’.

Reece is part of a very skilled family of golfers as his younger brother Josh is an Under 16 Irish International.  The brothers are both coached by Richard Johnston PGA professional, who is based at Ballyearl Arts & Leisure Centre. Josh has also received a ‘Grant for Individuals’ in the 16/17 season.