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Brilliant McGeady retains Walled City Pro-Am title

August 27, 2018

Simon Thornton (Tulfarris Golf Resort); Title Sponsor, Ciaran O’Neill, Bishop’s Gate Hotel; Defending champion and 2018 winner Michael McGeady; Derek Hussey, deputy mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council and Michael McCumiskey, PGA in Ireland.

Michael McGeady posted a brilliant second round 63 to retain the Bishop’s Gate Hotel Walled City Pro-Am title at City of Derry GC on Sunday.
McGeady began the second round of the 36-hole tournament trailing overnight leader Simon Thornton (Tulfarris Golf Resort) by a shot following round one at Foyle Golf Centre. Thornton carded a bogey-free 65 (-6) to edge ahead of McGeady and Colm Moriarty (Glasson Hotel & GC) after 18 holes.
McGeady came out firing on the final day, putting his local knowledge to good use, signing for a seven-birdie no bogey round to win by five shots.
“In the back of my mind I was trying to beat the number I won the event with last year which was 12 under but it was a difficult day. When I stood up on the first tee I was just expecting it to be a real battle,” said Michael.
“I had discovered something the day before in my swing that was helping me move through the ball better. I have to say I hit the ball fantastically well for two days. I hit 34 of 36 greens in regulation which was pretty decent in those conditions.
“I was hitting the ball where I was aiming and it was plain sailing from there. Once I was doing that it took the pressure off the rest of my game.”
Thornton finished alone in second on seven under while Mark O’Mahony (Titleist National Fitting Centre) came through the field with a second round 67 to finish in third on five under par.
Ciaran O’Neill, Bishop’s Gate Hotel, added: “Building on the success of last year’s event, we are keen to continue to attract premium sporting events such as the Walled City of Derry Pro Am tournament.
“This year I am delighted to be the title sponsor with support from Visit Derry, Total Golf, Nuprint, Partridge Peartree, Citroën JC Halliday & Sons and We are also delighted to inspire budding young golfers as part of the wider community outreach programme, welcoming the stars of the next generation.”
Professional Brendan McCarroll and amateur partners Jimmy Foley, Kevin Hennessy and Ronan Curran won the team prize with a two-round total of 176.


McGeady seals Heritage Challenge victory

June 5, 2018

Michael McGeady (Evolve Golf Coaching) eased to a three-shot victory at The Heritage Challenge Pro-Am sponsored by on Sunday.
Michael has an enviable record at the Seve designed course in Killenard, Co.Laois. He was second last year, sixth in 2015 and won the tournament for the first time in 2014.
This year’s victory was built on a brilliant eight-birdie, no bogey opening round of 64 during which the 40-year-old hit every green in regulation.
“The more impressive thing was that I had a family event on Friday evening so I drove down on Saturday morning to play,” said McGeady.
“So really my expectations were pretty low but I didn’t put any pressure on myself and started hitting the ball well. It was a really solid day’s golf.”
The Derry based golfer finished day one with a two-shot lead over the in-form Colm Moriarty (Glasson Hotel & GC) with Cian McNamara (Monkstown GC) a further two shots back in third.
The players returned for the second and final 18 holes on Sunday but the magic that marked out Michael’s play on Saturday had disappeared overnight.
The Derry based professional battled his way around, posting a one-over-par 71 that included three birdies and two bogeys.
“That round could easily have been four or five over,” added McGeady.
“I scrambled and worked really hard for that 71. My putting kept me in it, I putted like a god.
“I thought maybe that Colm [Moriarty] might come past me. He’s posted a number of low rounds lately but it’s hard to keep producing those low scores.”
Moriarty (Glasson Hotel & GC) finished in second, three shots back (66/72) with Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge GC) in third 71/69.
Reigning Irish PGA Champion, Tim Rice (Limerick GC), guided his amateur partners Daragh O’Sullivan, John Reilly and Dermot Doolan, to victory in the team event with a two-round total of 186 (95/91).

The Heritage Challenge Pro-Am Leaderboard

McGeady goes back-to-back with victory at Cairndhu Pro-Am

September 5, 2017

Michael McGeady, winner at Cairndhu

Michael McGeady made it back-to-back successes on the PGA in Ireland circuit with victory in the 36-hole Cairndhu Pro-Am.
Trailing by two shots as the final round got underway, Michael fired a three under par 67 to top the leaderboard on five under par at the Co. Antrim venue.
Overnight leader Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) and David Higgins (Waterville Links) finished in a tie for second on four under.
Michael opened his campaign with a ‘disappointing’ two under par 68. The 39-year-old had streaked out to six under par after 10 holes (he started his round at the 10th) but slipped up on the way home.
“To be honest I actually played better on the first day,” said Michael who won the recent Walled City of Derry/Foyle Pro-Am.
“After getting to six under I made two silly bogeys. I got one back with a birdie on the seventh (my 16th) but I made a seven at the par four eighth and wasted three shots there. You are sort of hitting it over the corner of out of bounds. I didn’t quite hit it that great.

“It’s disappointing to do that on the 17th hole of the day because you don’t have time to make it back up again. I played much better than the two under score I finished with.”

Moriarty led the way at the close of play on day one with a 66 (-4). Ted Higgins ( and Simon Thornton (Simon Thornton Golf) shared second on three under par with Michael back in a share of fourth, two shots off the pace.
“It sounds a bit like a repeat of the win up in Derry but on the second day I holed out really well,” continued Michael.
“I holed from five and six feet consistently to save par and make a few birdies. They are so important to keep a round going.”
Out in two under 32, Michael came home in one under 35 with birdies at 17 and 18 proving decisive in getting him over the line.
He continued: “I went for a lesson with Donal Scott in the middle of May and I noticed an improvement in my putting straight away.
“It left me for a while, but I just kept working on it and kept practicing. Hopefully, I am not jinxing myself now but I feel like I have discovered something in my putting which has helped me, especially to keep the scores going.”
The team event was won by Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge) and his amateur partners, Paul Steinson, Stephen Watts and Hugh Logue with 175pts.

Cairndhu GC Pro-Am leaderboard

Kilpatrick to realise Irish Open ambition at Portstewart

June 28, 2017

Richard Kilpatrick

Banbridge professional, Richard Kilpatrick, will realise a long-held ambition when he plays in next week’s DDF Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation.
Richard earned his place in the Irish Open field by finishing sixth in the PGA in Ireland 2016 Order of Merit.
He will be joined at Portstewart by Damien McGrane, David Higgins, Colm Moriarty, Neil O’Briain and Simon Thornton
“I can’t wait. The crowds, the buzz, the field that is being assembled. I can’t wait to tee it up, let it go and see what happens. It will be some test,” said the Banbridge GC assistant.
“I had the chance to play in the Irish Open as an amateur but it often clashed with the Brabazon Trophy and the GUI would send us over to England to compete in that instead.
“It means a lot to get to play in my first Irish Open up here (Northern Ireland) and at Portstewart as well. My aunt has a place in the town and I played the course a lot as an amateur.
“Even now, during the winter and when I can in the summer months I try to get up and play. The club professional, Neil Graham, has been very good in accommodating me.”
Richard turned professional in 2007 after winning the East of Ireland Championship and helping Ireland collect the European Team Championship title.
He spent the best part of eight years playing on the Challenge Tour, Alps Tour and EuroPro Tour before opting to follow the PGA route.
He has performed impressively on the PGA in Ireland circuit in recent seasons and has two wins to his name in 2017 at the PGA Irish Club Pro-Am and the Ruddy Cup for Young Professionals.
And whilst he may be inexperienced in terms of playing at the highest level, he may have pulled off a masterstroke when is comes to hiring a caddy for the week.
Former college team mate and major winning LPGA caddy, David Jones, will lug Richard’s bag around Portstewart during tournament week.
Jones, who was formerly the PGA professional at Bushfoot GC, also happens to be a member at Portstewart GC and has cleared his schedule to caddy for Richard in the Irish Open.
“I’ve known Davy for years. I was starting my first year of college in America at the University of Toledo just as he was finishing his studies there. He was the groomsman at my wedding last December ” added Richard.

“The thing for me will be getting used to the atmosphere, to the grandstands and the corporate boxes. I’ve played a few rounds up there recently trying to familiarise myself with the place and how it will look during tournament week.”

That’s not something Damien McGrane will have to worry about. The Kells man has been there, done it and bought the t-shirt. McGrane topped the Order of Merit last year and also won the Irish PGA Championship. He is leading the way again in 2017 and if his competitive instincts take over he is capable of making an impact at Portstewart.
You can put Simon Thornton into the same bracket. A winner on the European Tour in 2013 (Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open), Simon is still returning to full fitness following surgery to his feet at the start of the year.
“I think I’ve only missed one [Irish Open] in recent years. It is a great event and you get used to playing in them but this will be a bit different now that’s it’s part of the Rolex Series,” said the 40-year-old.
“For us, as PGA guys, you have to try and blank all that out. You can’t really start thinking about the money that is on offer. You have to focus on those first two rounds and if you can make the cut great, then try and do as well as you can.”

A longer version of this article appeared in the July edition of Irish Golfer Magazine

Tim Rice holds off Colm Moriarty to claim Irish PGA Championship title

June 26, 2017

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Tim Rice fired a closing two under par 70 to complete a wire-to-wire Irish PGA Championship victory at Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Resort on Sunday.
The Limerick GC man, who opened with a bogey free round of 66, finished three shots ahead of Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance), with 2016 champion, Damien McGrane, finishing in third on six under par.
“I haven’t won anything in ages. The first three days here were as well as I have played for many years although I didn’t putt very well,” said the 39-year-old.
“There was a lot of wind this week, particularly cross winds and I love that, because I can make use of the wind, hold it up and use it to my advantage.”
Rice began the day three shots ahead of nearest rival Moriarty and got off to a flying start with birdies at the first, second, third and fourth. He stretched his lead to six but couldn’t maintain his momentum and Moriarty gradually started to claw back the deficit.
Colm produced a stunning eagle at the par five 13th to reduce the gap to just two shots but he never managed to draw level and a bogey at the par three 17th, after he found a bunker off the tee, effectively ended his challenge.
“I kind of felt that after three or four holes ‘right, that makes things less difficult’ but I stopped, I eased up a bit and that was a bad mistake,” added Tim who had never won a PGA in Ireland event until today.

“Colm is too good a golfer to do that. He hit some great shots coming in. He got that eagle and had a couple of other chances.

“At 16 he hit another super shot and if he had holed that I would have had to hole mine just to stay one ahead. If he had holed that putt I think it would have been very difficult.”
This year’s event was sponsored by Moyvalley Hotel & Twin Oaks Golf Resort with affiliated sponsors Thai Airways, Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club, Pattaya Thailand, Pico Environment Technology Ireland and Bank of Bangkok.

107th Irish PGA Championship sponsored by Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort leaderboard

Rice closing in on Irish PGA Championship title

June 25, 2017

Tim Rice

Tim Rice (Limerick GC) and Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) separated themselves from the field on day three of the 107th Irish PGA Championship at Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Resort.
The pair matched each other blow for blow over the Twin Oaks course at the Co Kildare venue signing for a pair of 68’s, three shots better than anyone else in the field.
With one round remaining Rice leads the way on -15 under par, Moriarty is three shots back on -12 with defending champion, Damien McGrane, third on five under.
“I’m happy enough, the only problem was that I couldn’t shake yer man here,” said Rice, pointing to Moriarty.

“It was a bit up and down over the front nine, but the back nine was a bit easier, much the same as the last couple of days.”

Moriarty is back in very familiar territory. The 38-year-old has featured in the final group at the last two Irish PGA Championships and has yet to get over the finishing line.
“All in all I’m happy because Tim is playing very well,” said Colm.
“It would be nice to narrow the gap early on but you just have to keep playing and giving yourself chances.”
McGrane’s challenge was hampered by a calf injury he suffered at the first hole. The Kells man limped for the rest of the round, eventually signing for a level par 72.
Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge), in third place overnight, slipped down the field following a third round two over 74.

107th Irish PGA Championship leaderboard 

Limerick’s Tim Rice grabs Irish PGA Championship lead

June 24, 2017

Tim Rice

Limerick’s Tim Rice edged ahead of the field with a superb five under par 67 on the second day of the 107th Irish PGA Championship at Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Resort.
With blustery conditions whipping showers across the Twin Oaks course the 40-year-old produced a composed display which, given the conditions, was every bit as good as his opening 66.
Starting at the 10th, the Limerick GC man went to the turn in one under par 35, with birdies at the 10th, 13th and 14th undone by dropped shots at the 16th and 17th.
He made no mistakes on his back nine, coming back in four under 36 with birdies at the second, fourth, sixth and eighth.
“In many ways, it was very similar to the opening round. There are plenty of chances out there,” said Tim.

“I have been hitting it quite close; I’m not missing many greens and I’m making the most of the par fives.”

Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) finds himself in familiar territory at an Irish PGA Championship, three shots back with two rounds remaining. The 38-year-old, joint leader after round one, followed up with a second round 70.
Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge GC), who also opened with a bogey-free round of 66 slipped five shots behind Rice following a second round 72.
“I didn’t play great today to be honest. Plus I got a few horrible lies,” said Richard.

“Yesterday I got a few breaks but today I didn’t get them – that was the difference.

“Still I’m in touch I will go away and do a bit of work tonight on the long game because I’m just not finding enough fairways.”
Defending champion Damien McGrane is six shots back after a second round 69, a figure matched by David Higgins (Waterville Links).
“Three under keeps me in with a chance; keeps me in touch, I’m happy enough with that,” said Damien.
The cut fell at +7 with 53 players making it through to the final two days of competition on Saturday and Sunday. The opening two-ball will begin from the first tee on Saturday at 8am.
The leading trio of Kilpatrick, Moriarty and Rice kick off their third round at 10.50am.

107th Irish PGA Championship scoring 


Three-way tie at the top after round one of the Irish PGA Championship at Moyvalley

June 23, 2017

Richard Kilpatrick

Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge GC), Tim Rice (Limerick GC) and Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) lead the way on six under par after the opening round of the 107th Irish PGA Championship at Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Resort.
The trio have a one-shot lead over Mark Whelan (Castlewarden Golf & CC), with Jerry Scullion (Kilkeel GC) back in fourth on four under par.
“I have been playing well recently and I knew something was going to happen,” said Kilpatrick who went bogey-free in his six-birdie round.
“I finished the recent Pro-Am at Carne with a 66 and that gave me some added confidence coming down here. I just continued doing the same things.

“I really felt that today was a good day to make a score. The course is playing firm, it wasn’t very windy and it was generous.”

Moriarty and Rice also signed for bogey-free rounds on a day when 26 players matched or bettered par around the Twin Oaks course.
Colm has made a quiet start to the season but he has played his way into contention at the previous two Irish PGA Championships without managing to get his hands on the trophy.
“I haven’t played an awful lot this season and I feel like I am only coming into some sharpness now. I played nicely and gave myself a lot of chances today,” said the 38-year-old.

Tim Rice

Rice, who missed last year’s championship, is still getting to grips with the lay-out after carding a two-over par 74 in Wednesday’s pre-tournament pro-am.
He said, “I’m happy enough with that. It was tricky at times because of the cross wind but it was pleasing to start with that score today.”
Defending champion, Damien McGrane, opened his campaign with a two under par round of 70 and was joined on that mark by David Higgins (Waterville GC), Simon Thornton (Simon Thornton Golf), Shane Jenkinson (St Margaret’s Golf & Country C), Adam Dunmore (Bundoran GC) and Michael McGeady (Seamus Duffy Golf Academy).
“It’s a steady start and I’m exactly where I want to be,” said Damien.
“I played steadily from start to finish, holed a few putts and missed a few but I played the par threes poorly today.”
The second round of the 107th Irish PGA Championship sponsored by Moyvalley Hotel & Twin Oaks Golf Resort will get underway at 8am today (Friday) with the final four-ball starting at 2.30pm.
At the end of play, a cut will be made with the top 50 and ties progressing to the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday. Spectators are welcome and entry is free.

No PGA Play Off victory but McGrane and O’Briain secure 2017 BMW PGA Championship places

October 30, 2016
Damien McGrane (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

Damien McGrane (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

A sensational final round charge from Damien McGrane ultimately ended in double disappointment at the PGA Play-Offs.
The Kells golfer began the day seven shots behind the eventual champion, Matthew Cort (Beedles Lakes GC), but forced himself into the reckoning with a blistering run of six birdies over the opening 10 holes at Saunton GC.
“At that stage, I could have been looking at a nine under par round,” said Damien.
The 45-year-old briefly led midway through the final round but his putter suddenly went cold on the back nine and a bogey at the par four 16th effectively ended his chances. He signed for a best of the day five under par 66 but knew it could have been so much more.
He continued; “I gave myself chances on every hole on the first nine and slowly I picked off some of the birdies.
“Then it was back to my usual itchy, scratchy self on the back nine and I stopped holing the putts.

“To come here for four days and only have one decent score is very disappointing. The other three days I was not at the races at all.”

Damien finished the tournament in a share of third place but then lost out on a place on the PGA Cup team to Greig Hutcheon (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) who birdied the first play-off hole.
His consolation is that he has earned a trip to play in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth next year alongside Neil O’Briain who closed out his tournament with a three under par 68 to finish in fifth.

Neil O' Briain (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

Neil O’ Briain (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

The Old Conna pro was pleased with his performance, saving his best round until last, which was bolstered by a chip in birdie at the 17th.
“I am very, very satisfied with the way that I played. I didn’t score as well as I should have but I’m very happy with the way that I hit the ball and controlled it in the wind,” said Neil.
“I have been working a lot on my swing and spending plenty of time practising my putting too.
“It will be nice to go home and tell my dad that I will be playing at Wentworth.”
Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) fired a final round one over par 72 to slip down to 11th place overall and outside the top 10 places guaranteed a start at the BMW.
David Higgins signed for a final round 71 that saw him end the tournament on four over par, tied for 16th.
Cort, who had twice finished a runner-up in the event, was delighted to finally get over the line.
“This caps off a great season. It is great to finish it number one,” he said.
As well as the £2,000 winner’s cheque, Cort has secured automatic places in next season’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and the British Masters. He will also play in the PGA Cup side along with second place Robert Coles and Hutcheon.
He added; “Scoring and ball striking-wise – this has been one of the most consistent years of my career. That gives me confidence to go on for next year.”

O’Briain and McGrane three off the pace after two rounds of the PGA Play-Offs

October 26, 2016
Neil O'Briain

Neil O’Briain

Damien McGrane and Neil O’Briain (Old Conna GC) are three shots off the lead after the second round of the PGA Play-Offs at Saunton Golf Club.
With two rounds remaining, the duo – who both carded rounds of one under 70 – are in four-way tie for third place on two under par at the £15,000 event.
Former champion Paul Streeter hit a purple patch on the greens to surge into the lead at the halfway stage. The Lincoln Golf Centre pro, who won this title in 2007, reeled off five birdies on the front nine to set the pace.
While closing bogeys took the shine off the round, his three-under-par 68 was still enough to give him a one stroke advantage over Beedles Lakes’ Matt Cort who added a second 69.
Robert Coles from Maylands in Essex is also in the mix having carded a best of the day 65 which included eight birdies and leaves him one under par for the 72-hole tournament alongside Graham Fox and Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) who carded a one over 72.
David Higgins (Waterville) struggled to a four over par 75 and is now tied for 17th, 10 shots behind leader Streeter.
The top ten finishers are guaranteed a place in next year’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth while there are two places up for grabs at the British Masters as well three spots in the Great Britain & Ireland PGA Cup team.

PGA Play-Offs scoring

PGA Play-Offs
At Saunton GC (Par 71)
Leading scores
1 P Streeter (Lincoln Golf Centre) 69/68                                      137
2 M Cort (Beedles Lake GC) 69/69                                                   138
T3 D McGrane 70 70                                                                                  140
T3 N O’Briain (Old Conna GC) 70 70                                               140
T3 G Hutcheon (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Inchma) 71 69   140
T3 A Willey (Bulwell Forest Golf Club) 71 69                            140
T7 G Fox (Clydeway Golf) 73 68                                                          141
T7 C Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance Ltd) 69 72                141
T7 R Coles (Maylands Golf & CC) 76 65                                          141