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Knock’s Whitford triumphant at Concra Wood

March 22, 2018

Ricky Whitford took the chequered flag as the PGA Race to Concra Wood ended at the Castleblayney venue.
The Knock pro posted a two-under-par 70 to edge out Vivian Teague, Ciarán Molloy and Brian McElhinney who shared second place.

Ricky Whitford

Whitford roared off early with a birdie four at the par five first, finding the putting surface with a drive and three wood and then two-putting from 30 feet. He dropped his only shot of the round at the par-four fifth hole when he failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker.
After turning in level 36 the winner birdied the par four 11th with a drive and wedge to seven feet and he also birdied the par-five 15th with a drive and a three wood to 25 feet.
He came home in two-under-34 for his steady round of 70 – three birdies, 14 pars and one bogey.

PGA Race to Concra Wood Final
Professionals: 70 (-2) – R Whitford (Knock).
71– V Teague (Loughgall), C Molloy (Mayobridge), B McElhinney (North West).
74 – S Bleakly (Blackwood), A Peoples (Darren Clarke Golf School)
75 – S Donnelly (Castle Hume), K Revie (Ballymena), G Wardlow (Spa).
Amateurs: Overall, 40 pts – E Simpson 12 (Loughgall).
Category 1 – 36 pts A Thompson 8 (Belvoir Pk) … 1st.
36 – B McCluskey 7 (Knock) … 2nd.
Category 2 – 36 pts – L McArdle 13 (Loughgall).
35 – B McGovern 11 (Concra Wood).
Category 3 – 36 pts – K McHugh 18 (Galgorm Castle) … 1st.
36 – D Duffin 16 (Dungannon) … 2nd.
Gross – 33 pts – B Quinn 3 (Killymoon)
Team: 93 pts – Pro V Teague plus Amateurs E Simpson 12 & L McArdle 13 (all Loughgall).


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

Dominant McGeady claims Walled City of Derry/Foyle Pro-Am title

August 29, 2017

Michael McGeady cruised to a five shot victory in the two-day Walled City of Derry/Foyle Pro-Am.
The 39-year-old dominated from the start and dropped just one shot over 36 holes of competition at City of Derry GC and Foyle Golf Centre.
David Higgins (Waterville Links) and Damien McGrane finished in second place on seven under par, with Steven Quinlan (Halpenny Golf) and Irish PGA Champ, Tim Rice (Limerick GC), a shot further back on six under.
McGeady laid the groundwork for this latest win with a stunning eight under par (62) opening round at City of Derry GC. A former junior member of the club, Michael put his local knowledge to good use, producing an eight birdie barrage in a round that included seven threes!
“That was my lowest round at City of Derry since they changed it to a par 70. I played very well. My iron play was exceptional,” said Michael.
“I holed out well but I didn’t hole anything of ridiculous length. Around 15 feet was the longest putt I holed and I also putted well from that five, six foot range.”
He finished day one with a three shot advantage over Rice and Ciaran Molloy (Ardee), both of whom had played their opening rounds at Foyle.
“My attitude going out on Sunday [for round two at Foyle] was to shoot as low a round as I could. I tried not to think about my score,” he added.

“A number of the players are capable of going low; shooting nine or 10 under. You just don’t know. I focused on hitting every shot as well as I could and tried to hole every putt and it seemed to work out quite well.”

He made an early mistake at Foyle, dropping a shot at the par three fifth, but righted the ship immediately with a bounce back birdie at the sixth. From there, he played some controlled golf, adding four more birdies to ease to success.
“I live a couple of 100 yards from Foyle Golf Centre so this is my home event and it is a nice one to win,” he said.
“There was a bit of added pressure because all the locals wanted you to do well and I was playing with a team of friends who were also hoping that I played well but thankfully, I just seemed to get on with it and played some good golf.”
Philip Farrell (Laganview Golf Centre) guided his amateur partners, Jason Donnell, Robert Mitchell and Ryan Rutherford to victory in the team event with 181 points over the two days.
The Ladies team prize was won by Ciaran Molloy (Ardee) and amateur partners, Rachel Chambers, Cheryl Chambers and Deborah Doherty with 172 points.

The Walled City of Derry/Foyle Pro-Am leaderboard

Castle Hume’s Donnelly wins at Mahee Island

June 7, 2017

It was bright and windy at well-manicured Mahee Island for the staging of another round in the PGA Summer Masters tournament, with Shaun Donnelly making the best of the conditions.
The cross-country trip for the Castle Hume club professional paid dividends as he posted a one-over-par 69 to stay clear of the chasing pack, three shots ahead of Ciarán Molloy (Ardee), Chris Carvill (Belvoir Pk) and Gary Chambers (Killymoon).
Four birdies and five bogeys decorated the winner’s card with, ironically, bogey fives at the sixth, seventh and 13th holes being caused by tree trouble. His other bogey was when he was short at the 16th and failed to get up and down in regulation.
Over the first nine holes, Donnelly’s birdies were pencilled in at the third, where he pitched to four feet, and the ninth, where he rolled in a 25-footer for another birdie three.
Second time around, he chipped to three feet at his 10th hole for another birdie and his fourth birdie three landed at his finishing hole as he sank a 15-footer.
Blackwood six-handicapper Paul Holmes won the amateur’s nett prize with 37 points while Andrew Clegg, who plays off one at Donaghadee, took the gross award, matching Donnelly’s 69.
Pro Ciarán Molloy and Blackwood amateurs Paul Holmes, Jim Connolly and Colin Treston (8) were the team winners, carding 95 points.

Summer Masters Mahee Island scoreboard

Leading scores
PGA Summer Masters at Mahee Island
Professionals: 69 (+1) – S Donnelly (Castle Hume).
72 – C Molloy (Ardee), C Carvill (Belvoir Pk), G Chambers (Killymoon).
73 – C Gallaher (Greenacres), G Graham (Groomsport GR).

Amateurs: Nett, 37 pts – P Holmes 6 (Blackwood).
38 – S Wiles 8 (Belvoir Pk).
37 – J Connolly 12 (Blackwood).
Gross, 69 (+1) – A Clegg 1 (Donaghadee).
Team: 95 pts – Pro C Molloy (Ardee) with P Holmes 6, C Treston 8 & J Connolly 12 (all Blackwood).

With thanks to Tony McGee

Damien Mooney in pole position to collect Conor Mallon Memorial Trophy

March 10, 2017

Damien Mooney took another positive step towards collecting the Conor Mallon Memorial Trophy when he won the recent qualifier at Shandon Park.
The Belfast golfer, now heading Damien Mooney Golf, fired a four under par 66 to finish three shots clear of current OoM leader Brian McElhinney, Chris Carvill and Simon Thornton.
McElhinney’s decision to attend Europro Tour qualifying has opened the door for Mooney to top the standings. Brian will miss the last GP qualifier on March 28 in Spa and the GP Finals at his home club of North West on April 24-25th.
It’s left Mooney in pole position, but with double points on offer over the closing events, the destination of the trophy is not set in stone.
Damien made a composed start at Shandon and opened his birdie account at the par five third. He turned in two-under-34, following a birdie three at the ninth where he holed from eight feet.
He picked up the pace after the turn and rattled off three birdies in four holes at the 10th, 12th and 13th. His only mistake of the day came on the 16th when he failed to get up and down for par.
Chris Crangle and Craig Lyall shared the assistants’ prize after both carded a two-over-par 72.
In the amateur’s gross competition, Alex Stewart (Bangor), Ward Farrell (Shandon Pk) and Paul McCullagh (Kilkeel) all carded 71s with Stewart taking first prize on the back nine. The Category One nett winner was Charles Doherty on 34 points with Gary Addis taking the Category Two prize on 33.
Pro Ciarán Molloy combined with amateur Ward Farrell to win the Fourball Betterball gross award, returning 41 points.

Leaderboard – Conor Mallon Memorial Trophy Qualifier, in association with Desmond Motors, at Shandon Park

Conor Mallon Trophy Order of Merit

Selected scores
Conor Mallon Memorial Trophy Qualifier, in association with Desmond Motors, at Shandon Park
Professionals: 66 (-4) – D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf).
69 – B McElhinney (North West), C Carvill (Belvoir Pk), S Thornton (Unattached).
70 – J Scullion (Kilkeel), C Molloy (Blackwood).
PGA Assistants: 72 (+2) – C Crangle (Fortwilliam), C Lyall (Donaghadee).
Amateurs: Gross, 71 (+1) – A Stewart 5 (Bangor) … 1st;
71 – W Farrell 4 (Shandon Pk) … 2nd;
71 – P McCullagh 2 (Kilkeel) … 3rd.
Amateurs: Nett, Category One: 34 pts – C Doherty 4 (North West).
Category Two: 33 pts – G Addis 6 (Kirkistown Castle).
Team: Fourball Betterball Gross, 41 pts – Pro C Molloy (Blackwood) & Amateur W Farrell 4 (Shandon Pk).

With thanks to Tony McGee

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 –

Moriarty to defend PGA Ulster Championship title at Hilton Templepatrick

September 23, 2015
Paula Collin, Hilton Templepatrick; Colm Moriarty; Adrian Byrne, HBE Risk Management

Paula Collins, Hilton Templepatrick; Colm Moriarty; Adrian Byrne, HBE Risk Management

Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) will defend his HBE Risk Management PGA Ulster Championship title at the Hilton Templepatrick October 7-8.
Last year, the Glasson man carded rounds of 65/70 at the Co Antrim venue to finish the tournament on nine under par, some distance ahead of nearest rivals Ciaran Molloy (Blackwood GC), Dara Lernihan (Elm Park) and Neil O’Briain (Old Conna GC).
“I’m looking forward to getting back up to the Hilton,” said Moriarty who has won four times already this season and is riding high in the PGA in Ireland Order of Merit in third place.

“It’s always a great event on a quality golf course. Eamonn Logue, the staff at the Hilton and sponsors HBE make a big effort to put on an top class tournament.”

This will be the seventh staging of the Ulster Championship at the Hilton. Amongst the former winners of the event are Damien Mooney (Ballyliffin), Simon Thornton (Team Ireland) and Niall Kearney (Royal Dublin).
PGA Irish Region Secretary Michael McCumiskey said; “We have had six fantastic events in the past at Templepatrick in 2001/02/11/12/13 and 2014 and we are again looking to repeat past successes with the support from members and local club golfers.”
Designed by David Jones and David Feherty, the par-72, 7000 yard course opened in 1999 and nestles within 220 acres of mature parkland on the Castle Upton Estate.
“Michael Loughran and his greenkeeping staff will, as usual, have the course in great condition for the event.” said Paula Collins the Hotel Manager.
Club Captain Niall Gallagher is also delighted to offer a warm welcome to all the amateurs and professionals taking part in the event.
He said; “The members and I were delighted when it was confirmed that the Ulster PGA Championship was returning for the seventh time in 2015. We look forward to watching and learning how the game is played by Ireland’s top professional golfers on our magnificent course.”
Adrian Byrne Managing Director of HBE Risk Management said; “We are delighted to be once again sponsoring this great event in a fantastic location at Hilton Templepatrick.”
The tournament begins with a shoot-gun pro-am on October 6 followed by two days of competition for the professionals. Entries for the Pro-Am are available by contacting Eamonn on 02894 435542 or via e-mail

Moriarty eases to Ulster Championship success

September 26, 2014
Paula Collins, Hilton Hotel Manager; Adrian Byrne, Managing Director, HBE Risk Management and Colm Moriarty, winner 2014 PGA Ulster Championship

Paula Collins, Hilton Hotel Manager; Adrian Byrne, Managing Director, HBE Risk Management and Colm Moriarty, winner 2014 PGA Ulster Championship

Colm Moriarty cruised to a seven shot victory in the HBE Risk Management PGA Ulster Championship at the Hilton Templepatrick.
The Glasson professional carded a final round two under 70 to finish on nine under par at the Co Antrim venue, some distance ahead of nearest rivals Ciaran Molloy (Blackwood GC), Dara Lernihan (Elm Park) and Neil O’Briain (Old Conna GC).
Moriarty started the day with a three shot lead over Mark O’Sullivan (Piltown Driving Range) and Niall Kearney (Royal Dublin), who was bidding for a hat-trick of Ulster Championship titles.
O’Sullivan’s challenge faded early as he dropped three shots in his opening three holes while Kearney started strongly with a birdie at the first but Moriarty replied immediately with a birdie of his own at the second and never looked back.
The 35-year-old had a four shot lead heading into the back nine and when Kearney dropped four shots at the 11th, 12th and 13th, Moriarty knew that the tournament was in his hands, finishing off his round in style by chipping in for an eagle on the 18th.
“It was trickier today with the gusting wind. I still played quite nicely but didn’t do much wrong and gave myself a few chances here and there. It was nice to chip in for an eagle at the last,” said Colm.

“Mark didn’t start well and Niall was hanging in there but he never really got that close and had a bad run on the back nine and I was able to pull clear.

“You never know what is going on in front but I thought if I could stay ahead of the two boys I would have a good chance because in those conditions I knew it was going to be hard for someone to shoot five or six under.
“I’m delighted to win, just looking at some of the names on the trophy, it’s lovely to join that list of champions.”
The next event on the PGA in Ireland circuit is the Irish PGA Championship, in association with the Down Syndrome Centre at Adare Manor GC, in Co Limerick on October 2-5. Based on his recent form, Moriarty will surely enter the tournament as one of the pre-event favourites.

HBE Risk Management PGA Ulster Championship
at Hilton Templepatrick
Leading Scores
-9 Colm Moriarty (Glasson Hotel & GC) 65/70 – 135
-2 Ciaran Molloy (Blackwood Golf Centre) 72/70 – 142
-2 Dara Lernihan (Elm Park GC) 72/70 – 142
-2 Neil O’Briain (Old Conna GC) 71/71 – 142
-1 Michael McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown) 72/71 – 143
-1 Brendan McGovern (Headfort GC) 71/72 – 143
-1 David Ryan (Cahir Park GC) 70/73 – 143
-1 Niall Kearney (Royal Dublin GC) 68/75 – 143
Lvl Colin Lyttle (Ballyclare GC) 71/73 – 144
Lvl Mark O’Sullivan (Piltown Driving Range) 68/76 – 144
+1 Barrie Trainor (Cairndhu GC) 74/71 – 145
+1 Keith Shannon (Greenore GC) 73/72 – 145
+1 Cian McNamara (Monkstown GC) 73/72 – 145
+1 Mark Whelan (Castlewarden Golf & CC) 69/76 – 145
+1 Daniel Beattie (Deer Park Hotel, Golf & Spa) 69/76 – 145

Molloy tops qualifying at North of Ireland

July 12, 2011
CIARAN Molloy (Ardee) proved he was no flash in the pan by topping qualifying at the Magners sponsored North of Ireland Championship at Royal Portrush yesterday.
The 27-year-old made headlines earlier this year by winning the Dundalk Scratch Cup. He placed a bet on himself at 66/1 and shot 68/69 to win first prize, taking home almost 5000 euros in the process.
Yesterday he followed up his opening round 64 at the Valley with a fine three under 69 at the Dunluce that revealed much about his battling qualities.
His challenge appeared to be in trouble after covering the front nine in two over par but he responded in emphatic fashion with birdies at 10, 12, 13, 14 and 17 to come home in five under 31.
His two round total of 133 was good enough to edge out George Thacker (Kedleston), who also shot a 69 at the Dunluce course by a single shot.
Rory McNamara (Headfort) moved into third place by himself on 136 after a second round 69 at The Dunluce.
The cut fell at 144 with five players on that score missing out. The last qualifier was I J M Pollin (Royal Belfast).
Defending champion Alan Dunbar (Rathmore), Paul Cutler (Portstewart) and Paul Dunne (Greystones) were included in the match-play draw after returning from European team duties.
The match-play stages get underway today at 7am. Molloy will face Mark Mullan (Wexford) while Alan Dunbar begins his campaign against (Chris Carroll) Shandon Park.
North of Ireland Championship qualifiers
Valley Scores are shown first;
133 – C Molloy (Ardee) 64 69
134 – G Thacker (Kedleston) 65 69
136 – R McNamara (Headfort) 67 69
137 – C Selfridge (Moyola Park) 68 69, S Ryan (Royal Dublin) 66 71
138 – J Hopkins (Skerries) 69 69, R O’Donovan (Lucan) 65 73
139 – M McAlpin (Royal Portrush) 70 69, C Lawton (Falkirk Tryst) 69 70, C Doran (Banbridge) 68 71, M Wylie (Belvoir Park) 68 71, A Hogan (Newlands) 67 72, G McGee (Malone) 67 72
140 – C Campbell Jnr (Warrenpoint) 70 70, A McCormick (Scrabo) 69 71, M Sinclair (Knock) 69 71, D Beattie (Castlerock) 69 71, J Richardson (Royal Portrush) 68 72, I Brennan (Greenore) 68 72, R Leonard (Banbridge) 68 72, D Coyle (Co.Louth) 68 72, D McElroy (Ballymena) 67 73
141 – R Cannon (Balbriggan) 71 70, D Crowe (Dunmurry) 71 70, W Telford (Rathmore) 70 71, S Crowe (Dunmurry) 69 72, B Casey (Headfort) 68 73, C McClenaghan (Rockmount) 68 73, C Fairweather (Knock) 68 73, J Fox (Portmarnock) 68 73
142 – H Featherstone (Ringway) 73 69, P McCrudden (Royal Portrush) 71 71, N Grant (Knock) 70 72, A Kerr (Clandeboye) 69 73, C Steele (Ballyclare) 69 73, L Lennox (Moyola Park) 69 73, D Mulholland (Castlerock) 68 74, S Barry (Laytown & B) 67 75, J Dillon (Headfort) 66 76, R Bridges (Stackstown) 66 76
143 – D Reilly (Westmanstown/NUIM) 71 72, W Hanna (Kilkeel) 71 72, M Hammond (Moyola Park) 70 73, P O’Leary (Lucan) 69 74, D Sutton (Lurgan) 69 74, A Kiernan (Forrest Little) 69 74, A Kearney (Castlerock) 69 74, H Diamond (Belvoir Park) 68 75, P McGlone (Dunmurry) 67 76, J Pierse (Grange) 66 77
144 – G McDermott (Co.Sligo) 72 72, K McDonagh (Athlone/NUIM) 72 72, C Sharvin (Ardglass) 72 72, S O’Connor (Skerries) 72 72, R Knightly (Royal Dublin) 72 72, M Mullen (Wexford) 71 73, I Kettyle (Rathmore) 71 73, C Geraghty (Laytown & B) 70 74, B Walton (The Island) 70 74, C Carroll (Shandon Park) 70 74, I Pollin (Royal Belfast) 70 74, M Durcan (Co.Sligo) 70 74, A McCloy (Ballymena) 69 75, R Whitson (Mourne) 68 76, S McConnell (Ballyclare) 68 76, S Carter (Stackstown/NUIM) 66 78