Mooney and Graham share top spot at St Patrick’s

Damien Mooney

It may not be the ideal time of year for sub-par rounds of golf but Damian Mooney and Gareth Graham belied that notion to post rounds of three-under-par 66 and share top spot at the Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance event at St Patrick’s, Downpatrick.
Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf) had built a three-shot advantage by the eighth hole having birdied the second, third and eighth.
He drove the green for a birdie three at the second, found the green at the long third with a drive and six iron, while at the short eighth he wedged to one inch.
However, the charge was halted when he drove into trees leading to a bogey five at the ninth to turn in two-under-par 33.
Damian’s drive for success was recharged with a 25-foot birdie putt at the short 11th, after an eight iron approach to the green, but another wayward drive into trees at the 13th cost him another stroke.  That was offset when he chipped to a foot for a birdie three at 16 and with a par/par finish, he was back in 33 for his 66.

Gareth Graham

Graham (Groomsport DR) birdied the long third after a drive and four iron to 20 feet and picked up another shot at the the par-four sixth but wiped out the advantages when he visited the trees, followed by the sand and then three-putted the seventh for a double-bogey six.
A chip and putt birdie three at the 10th, followed by a four-foot birdie on 13 and a six-footer at the next got Graham to three under but after duffing a wedge and taking three to get down he pencilled in bogey five at 17. Still, the Groomsport pro finished strongly with an eight iron to 10 feet for a birdie two at the last as he tied with Mooney.

Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance at St Patrick’s
Professionals: 66 (-3) – D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf), G Graham (Groomsport DR).
69 – P Farrell (Laganview Golf Centre).
70 – C Carvill (Belvoir Pk), R Whitford (Knock).
71 – G Wardlow (Spa), C Lyle (Donaghadee).

Amateurs
Overall Nett, 43 pts – S Goldthorpe 16 (Blackwood).
Category 1 (8&U): 42 pts – M McCrory 6 (Clandeboye); 42 – J Johnston 7 (Belvoir Pk)
Category (9-14): 38 pts – G Reilly 9 (St Patrick’s); 38 -N Gallagher 10 (Hilton Templepatrick)
Category (14+), 42 pts – S McKillop 16 (Portstewart); 39 – L Hale 21 (Shandon Pk).
Gross, 35 pts – I Smyth 4 (Clandeboye).
Team: 93 pts – Pro D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf) with N Gallagher 10 (Hilton Templepatrick, R Clarke 15 (Dunmurry) & A Hynds 8 (Dunmurry).

With thanks to Tony McGee

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