Simon Thornton and David Leathem share top spot at Dunmurry PGA GP event

Simon Thornton

Simon Thornton

Simon Thornton and David Leathem shared top billing at the Desmond Motors sponsored PGA Ulster Grand Prix event at Dunmurry GC.

They both posted rounds of five-under-par 65 with Thornton recording an eagle two at the 271 yards par four 14th hole. The Newcastle golfer added four further birdies with his only dropped shot of the round coming at the sixth.

Leathem could have been away out in front had it not been for a fading finish. He was coasting at seven-under-par after 16 holes but suffered bogey fives at 17 and 18. Both times he missed the green in regulation and failed to get up and down for par.

Scratch player Chris Moulds (Lisburn) swept to the top of the amateur’s leaderboard on 38 points, two ahead of Andrew Dillon (1, Carrickfergus). Scott Templeton (Holywood) and Andy Adair (Carnalea) both carded 38 nett points with Templeton taking the top prize on countback.

Simon Thornton and local amateur John Counihan combined to win the fourball betterball team prize on 44 points.

Professional scoring – Dunmurry GC Grand Prix

Desmond Motors PGA Ulster Grand Prix at Dunmurry
Professionals: 65 (-5) – S Thornton (Unattached), D Leathem (American Golf Boucher Road).
68 – C Lyttle (Carrickfergus).
69 – D Mooney (Nevada Bobs Belfast), B McElhinney (North West), C Crangle (Fortwilliam).
71 – M Weir (Spa), C Carvill (Belvoir Pk), J Scullion (Kilkeel).
Amateurs: Gross, 38 pts – C Moulds scr (Lisburn).
36 -A Dillon 1 (Carrickfergus).
Nett, 38 pts -S Templeton 3 (Holywood) … 1st on countback;
38 – A Adair 4 (Carnalea).
Team: Pro S Thornton (Unattached) & Amateur J Counihan 5 (Dunmurry).
With thanks to Tony McGee for info

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