Sean, 12, is youngest watch winner so far

Donabate youngster adds to burgeoning reputation

A 12-year-old golfer from Donabate, in Ireland, has become the youngest winner so far of a limited-edition BOSS watch after he scored a hole-in-one during a monthly medal at his club.

Sean Dowling (pictured above © Liam Donnelly) scored his ace on the 162-yard, par-three 17th, in the men’s May medal at his club, Beaverstown, Co Dublin, and the seven-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece. What’s more, Dowling also beat off the challenge of 179 other members to shoot the best gross score, a feat he achieved also in the previous month’s competition.

A member of the national under-14 coaching panel, under the auspices of Neil Manchip PGA, Dowling will head off to Pinehurst, USA, in August, after competing in the under-12 section of last week’s prestigious US Kids European Championship, at Gullane No 2, in Scotland, and finishing fourth overall.

Later this year he will also be competing in the under-13 and under-15 provincial championships and the Irish Boys Under-15 Amateur Open, at West Waterford G&CC. He also hopes to continue to impress sufficiently to be selected for Ireland for the upcoming English Under-14 Open Amateur Stroke Play championship, in August.

He will be wearing his new BOSS watch with pride and said succinctly: “It’s cool – it will inspire me!”