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Rookie pro Grant bags PGA in North of Ireland Championship at Spa GC

October 15, 2017

Heather Edgar (Lady Captain Spa GC), Nicky Grant (Blackwood GC) Winner, Phil Posnett (PGA) and Gary Wardlow (Spa GC)

Former Irish amateur international, Nicky Grant, made a winning start to his professional career at the PGA North of Ireland Championship, supported by Golf Now.
Grant, now a PGA trainee at Blackwood Golf Centre, carded rounds of 36 and 38 points at Spa Golf Club to edge out Belvoir Park’s Chris Carvill by a point.
The tournament adopted a mixed format this year. The opening round was held as a team pro-am with the professionals carrying their individual scores forward into the pro-only second round.
Chris opened the event with a fine 38pts (-2) in difficult conditions. Heavy overnight rain had left the Ballynahinch venue very soggy underfoot and it took some sterling work from the greens staff and volunteers to keep play moving.

It didn’t seem to hamper Chris who was the only player in the field to break par. A drive and four iron onto the edge of the first green set up an opening birdie four but he three-putted the par three second to drop a shot.
After a five wood off the tee, a chip and putt gave Carvill a birdie three at the fourth hole and he added another birdie at the seventh when he holed from seven feet. Out in two-under-34 he increased his advantage with birdies at 11 and 13 courtesy of two excellent wedge shots.
However, he finished badly, dropping a shot at the 17th when he flew the green and, after driving into trees, he closed with a bogey five at the last for a back nine of regulation 36 and a round of 70 (38 pts)
Grant ended day one in second place following a level par 36 points with Nathan Kernaghan (Massereene GC) and Ciaran Molloy (Mayobridge GC) tied for third on 35 points (73).
Clandeboye’s Mark McCrory took the men’s top award in the pro-am on 39 pts, two ahead of former Ulster rugby player Andy Ward and David McCullough, both local members.
The gross prize was won by Scottish visitor Frazer Carr (Crail Golf Society), who plays off a plus-three handicap and returned 37 points.
Spa member Attracta Byrne was best in the women’s nett section with 33 points while Massereene assistant pro, Nathan Kernaghan, and Spa members Stephen Loftus, Philip Canaghan and David McCardle won the team event with an impressive 90 points.

PGA professionals Michael Bannon and Peter Hanna hosted a clinic ahead of the action at Spa GC

Overhead conditions improved overnight and Grant was quickly out of the blocks in round two, drawing level with Carvill at the turn. He wedged to 15 feet for birdie three at the fourth hole and on the next green rolled home a tramline 50-footer for another birdie three. He followed that with a two-putt birdie four from eight feet on the seventh to be out in three-under-33 to Carvill’s one under 35.
Chris dropped shot at 10 to put Grant ahead for the first time but the Belvoir man then birdied 12 and matched Nicky’s birdie at 13 to get back on level terms. With five holes remaining it was Grant who took charge, rattling off solid pars at 14, 15, 16 and 17 while Chris dropped a shot 14 and then double-bogeyed the par three 17th to fall three points behind his rival.
It gave Grant the luxury of knowing that a bogey would be good enough for victory but he wobbled down the last carding a double bogey six, after firing a three iron approach into trees. It gave Chris the chance to force a play-off with a birdie but his putt from 20 feet stayed above ground much to the relief of the new champion.
Brian McElhinney (North West GC) finished in third with a combined total of 69 points with Ciaran Molloy (Mayobridge GC) fourth with 68 points.

PGA in the North of Ireland Championship Leaderboard

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Lester on top after opening day of North of Ireland Championship

July 11, 2017

Rowan Lester (Hermitage) Picture by Pat Cashman

Irish international Rowan Lester (Hermitage) leads the way after the opening round of qualifying at the Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Royal Portrush.
A quarter-finalist in 2015, Lester, playing The Valley Links, carded a bogey-free seven under par 64 on the revamped course.
He leads Jordan Hood (Galgorm Castle), Robert Brazill (Naas) and Ronan Mullarney (Galway) by a shot heading into Tuesday’s second round at the Dunluce Links.
“I struggled a bit at the start but adjusted on the eighth tee and from that point on I was really good,” said 22-year-old Hood who will play The Dunluce today (Tuesday).
“I was seeing the lines better on the greens and rolled in a few putts.

“The two new holes [on the Dunluce] are really good. The par five (seventh) isn’t as daunting as I first thought when I saw it and the eighth is a really good par four. It forces you to be aggressive off the tee.”

Kirkistown GC vice-captain, Neill Simpson, turned in the leading opening day score on the new Dunluce layout, a three-under par round of 69.
Simpson quit golf for almost 20 years but has returned to competitive action after rebuilding his swing under with PGA professional, Charle Bell at Blackwood GC.
His tactic of leaving the driver in the bag paid dividends as he was one of only two players – the other being Galway’s Colm Hughes (-1) – to finish the day under par on the new Open Championship layout.
Defending champion, Sean Flanagan (Co Sligo), is well placed to make the cut after an opening round of two-under par 70 on The Valley.
The leading 64 players after Tuesday’s second round of qualifying will progress to the match-play stages.

Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Amateur Championship leaderboard

The Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Amateur Championship
At Royal Portrush
Leading scores after 18 holes.
1 Rowan Lester (Hermitage) 64 -7
2 Jordan Hood (Galgorm Castle) 65 -6
3 Robert Brazill (Naas) 65
4 Ronan Mullarney (Galway) 65
5 Gregory Royston (Cotswold Downs) 66 -5
6 Hugh O’Hare (Fortwilliam) 66
7 Cathal Butler (Kinsale) 66
8 Paul Murphy (Rosslare) 66
9 Gavin Fitzmaurice (Balcarrick) 66
10 Colin Fairweather (Knock) 66

Thornton cruises to victory in PGA North of Ireland Championship

October 17, 2015
Simon Thornton

Simon Thornton

Simon Thornton eased to victory in the PGA North of Ireland Championship presented by Scullion Management Consultants at St Patrick’s GC on Friday.
Leading by seven shots following his opening round 61 on Thursday, the RCD man followed up with rounds of 67/62 on Friday to finish nine shots ahead of nearest rival, Damien Mooney (Ballyliffin).
The 38-year-old Thornton dropped just two shots across three rounds at the Downpatrick venue, ending the tournament on 17-under par.
To emphasise his dominance, Simon carded or matched the low score in each of his three rounds. Collectively he and playing partner Mooney were 17 under par for their 36 holes on Friday with Mooney matching the winner shot for shot in the final round.
Mooney 68/69/62 grabbed second place on seven under, with Ciaran Molloy (Blackwood GC) finishing in third on level par following rounds of 69/68/70.
Final scores – http://bglf.com/jj5dd

Bannon to host clinic at PGA in the North of Ireland Championship

October 11, 2014
Michael Bannon (left) and Rory McIlroy

Michael Bannon (left) and Rory McIlroy

The PGA in the North of Ireland in collaboration with sponsor RJ & SE Scullion LLP will stage the 2014 PGA in the North of Ireland Championship at the Saint Patrick’s Golf Club, Downpatrick on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th October.
The tournament will be preceded on October 15th by a team pro-am and a clinic, hosted by Rory McIlroy’s celebrated coach, Michael Bannon.
Bannon has been working full time on tour with the World Number One golfer, since quitting his post at Bangor GC in 2012. Named the European PGA Golf Coach of the Year in 2011, he will provide some insights into what makes Rory McIlroy such a unique talent.
“RJ & SE Scullion LLP is delighted to support ‘The PGA in the North of Ireland Championship’,” said managing director, Rory Scullion.
“Golf is a sport we feel passionate about and thus we had no hesitation in coming on board once the idea to run the Championship was mooted by the PGA.
“On a personal note, it is particularly exciting that the event will be hosted at St Patrick’s and as the club’s Honorary Secretary, I have no doubt the competitors will be thrilled by the course, facilities and service during the three days.”
The event is open to all members of the PGA in the North of Ireland with all the competitors playing the first round before a cut is made. The top 24 players and ties will progress to the 36 hole finale on day two.
“I am delighted the ‘PGA in the North of Ireland Championship’ has returned to the schedule and want to express my thanks to Rory Scullion and RJ & SE Scullion LLP for taking on the lead sponsor role,” said Phil Collins, Chairman of the PGA in the North of Ireland.

“Rory is a keen golfer himself and was very encouraged by what the PGA in the North of Ireland has to offer. I know the Pro Am and Championship will be a great success and I would encourage all professionals and assistants to support the tournament.”

A strong field is being assembled for the event with experienced campaigner, Damien Mooney, likely to start as one of the pre-event favourites. Massereene assistant, Noel Murray, will line up again alongside Assistants’ Champion, Ciaran Molloy (Blackwood), who took that title from Murray in a play off at Saint Patrick’s in March of this year.

Mooney warms up for Wentworth with victory at New Ross GC

May 19, 2014

mooney
Damien Mooney warmed up for the BMW PGA Championship by winning the Culcita Garden Furniture Pro-Am at New Ross GC.
Mooney shot a course record five under par 65 to beat Irish champion, Michael McGeady and Wayne O’Callaghan (Fernhill G&CC) by two shots.
The 45-year-old, representing Ballyliffin GC, began steadily at the Co Wexford venue with a birdie at the par four seventh which got him to the turn in one under 33. He picked up the pace on the back nine with birdies at 10, 12, 14, 15 and 16 offset by a dropped shot at the par five 13th to come home in four under 65.
“On the front nine I putted well but holed nothing and on the back nine I holed a few putts,” said Damien who will fly out to Wentworth this weekend for some early reconnaissance ahead of the PGA Championship.

“I read an article in a magazine recently which gave me something I can use. I was feeling pretty good about it. It usually sticks with you for a while and then you have to find something new.

“It’s always nice to put a good round together. It gives you something positive to take away and also gives you the opportunity to assess the different elements of your game.”
Mooney is returning to Wentworth after a 10 year gap and is looking forward to the challenge.
“I haven’t played it since they made the changes so I will have a look around at the weekend to get my bearings,” he added.
“The last time I played was 2004. I played alongside Scott Drummond for two rounds who went on to win it that year.”
Ciaran Molloy (Blackwood GC) finished in fourth place on one under par and he also managed to guide home the winning team in the Pro-Am with a superb score of 95 points.

New Ross Pro Am
Sponsored by Culcita Garden Furniture
Leading scores.
1 Damian Mooney (Ballyliffin Golf Club) 65
2 Michael McGeady 67
2 Wayne O’Callaghan (Fernhill Golf & Country Club) 67
4 Ciaran Molloy (Blackwood Golf Centre) 69
5 David Ryan (Cahir Park Golf Club) 70
5 Noel Murray (Massereene Golf Club) 70
7 Enda Maguire (Dundalk Golf Club) 71
7 Michael McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown) 71
7 Kenny Fahey (GU I National Academy) 71
7 Jimmy Bolger (Kilkenny Golf Club) 71
11 David Ruddy (Cahir Park Golf Club 72
11 Frank Holly (Charleville Golf Club) 72
11 Eddie Doyle (Natural Golf School) 72
11 John Kelly (St Margaret’s Golf & Country) 72
Pro-Am scores
1 Ciaran Molloy (Blackwood GC) 95
2 Brian Doheny (Rathsallagh GC) 89
2 David Hughes (Massereene GC) 89
2 Scott Wilson (Co Louth GC) 89
5 Damian Mooney (Ballyliffin GC) 87
5 David Ryan (Cahir Park GC) 87
5 Joe Dillon (Headfort GC) 87