Murray lifts Fred Daly Trophy at Royal County Down

A seven week spell of warm winter training at the Quinta del Rea Golf Club in Portugal during February and March paid off handsomely for Noel Murray as he returned to claim the Assistants Championship at RCD.
The Massereene assistant stayed on in the sun after winning the PING Ulster Golfers’ Alliance event at El Rompido to work on his game.
That decision paid immediate dividends as he strode to victory at Royal County Down in the Assistants-in-Training Championship with a second round super 66, six-under-par.
Former tour player Brian McElhinney (Foyle) and Matt Gillis (Portadown) led on regulation 72 after round one with Murray back in the pack after and opening 74.
The former Dunmurry amateur clicked into gear in round two, compiling a sensational back nine after reaching the turn in one under 34.
He picked up a birdie at the long 10th but gave that stroke back to the course at the short 11th. Murray then pressed for home, recording a birdie three at 12 before pencilling in back-to-back threes for a birdie-eagle combination at the 15th and 16th holes. He then finished in style with birdie at the long 18th for an inward run of five-under-32.
As well as winning the event, Murray collected the Fred Daly Trophy, a solid silver cup that the late Fred won many years ago. It was handed over to the PGA Northern Branch by Fred’s son Robin in 2010 when Paul Vaughan (Ardglass) was the first winner. The other winners have been DP Jones (Bushfoot) and Jason Gibson (Killymoon).

140 (-4) – N Murray (Massereene) 72,66.
146 – C Molloy (Ardee) 74,72.
149 – S Doherty (Ballyliffin) 78,71.
150 – T Reynolds (Royal Portrush).
151 – M Gillis (Portadown) 72,79; B McElhinney (Foyle) 72,79; A Peoples (Darren Clarke School) 78,73.

Info courtesy of Tony McGee


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