The Brian McElhinney bandwagon keeps on rolling with victory at Ardglass

The ‘Life of Brian’ is pretty good just now, Brian McElhinney, that is. Since Jan 1 the North West Club professional has three wins to his name!
Ardglass was the scene of the Donegal man’s latest triumph as he posted a sizzling seven-under-par 63 to win the Ping PGA Ulster Alliance tournament with three strokes to spare over second-placed Damian Mooney.
BRIANMcELHINNEY-797471McElhinney had nine birdies on his card, two twos, five threes and two fours. He also had two bogeys, the first of which came at the par three seventh, with the second coming on the 13th courtesy of a lost ball off the tee.
The winner began with a hat-trick of birdies, going 3-2-3 and made another at the par four sixth hole. At the first he fired a pitching wedge to just two feet from the flag, then a six iron at the par three second left him with a six foot putt which he converted and at the third his pitching wedge finished just three feet from the cup.
At the sixth he rolled in a 30-footer to help him reach the turn in three-under 31.
At the 11th the winner was just 12 feet from the flag with a four and seven iron followed by two putts, while on the 12th green he found the hole from 12 feet after a six iron off the tee.
Following his 13th hole bogey, the North West pro birdied 14 from 15 feet and, at the next, blasted out of sand to six feet for birdie four. His birdie barrage was completed on 17 when his pitching wedge approach settled two feet from the pin, for a back nine four-under-par 32.
Combining with a trio of Greencastle amateurs, McElhinney also won the team prize on 97 points.

Ping PGA Ulster Alliance Tournament at Ardglass

Selected scores
Professionals: 63 (-7) – B McElhinney (North West).
66 – D Mooney.
68 – C Carvill (Belvoir Pk), A Cathers (Ardglass).
69 – D Hughes (Massereene), S Thornton (Unattached).
Amateurs: Nett, 46 pts – S Foster 13 (Massereene) … 1st;
46 – T Lyttle 10 (Carrickfergus) … 2nd;
44 – C Conlon 15 (Kirkistown Castle).
41 – G Hamill 16 (Shandon Pk).
Gross, 35 pts – A Adair 4 (Carnalea).
Team: 97 pts – Pro B McElhinney (North West) with amateurs P Ferguson 10, W Havlin 6 & J McLaughlin 5 (all Greencastle).
With thanks to Tony McGee

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