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Thornton secures Belvoir Park Pro-Am success

June 8, 2017

Simon Thornton

Simon Thornton coped admirably with blustery conditions to win the Belvoir Park Pro-Am on Tuesday.
The Newcastle-based professional fired a three under par 68 to edge out Headfort’s Joe Dillon at the Belfast course.
“It wasn’t easy. It was hard to pick the wind with it swirling through the trees,” said Thornton who is still easing himself back to full fitness following surgery on his feet.
“We’re on schedule, they are sore towards the end of the round but it’s not the same pain as before, it’s pain from the operation and that will ease in time.. hopefully.

“It’s a slow process, I’m not rushing it because there is a lot of golf to come with the Irish PGA Championship and then the Irish Open. I just have to manage it as well as I can.”

Starting at the first, Simon raced to three under after four holes courtesy of birdies at the first, third and fourth. A dropped shot at the seventh slowed his progress but he turned for home in two under 34 and an eagle at the par five 10th saw him reach four under for his round.
Simon added; “It was a nice start and then I pitched in for that eagle on 10 but after that, I was finding the middle of the greens with my approach shots and two-putting for pars.
“I bogeyed the 15th when I hit a three-wood into the trees but I think I could have been a few more under par if I had been a bit sharper.”
Kilkeel GC professional Jerry Scullion, guided his amateur partners of Neill Roulston, Ian Emerson and Sam Gillespie to success in the team event with 84 points.

Belvoir Park Pro-Am sponsored by DeepRiverRock results

Belvoir Park Pro-Am
sponsored by DeepRiverRock
at Belvoir Park (Par 71)
Leading scores
1 S Thornton (Simon Thornton Golf) 68
2 J Dillon (Headfort GC) 69
T3 D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf), D McGrane 70
T5 C. Carvill (Belvoir Park GC), M McGeady (Seamus Duffy Golf Academy), K Shannon 72

Ireland fourth as France edge out Scotland to win International Team Championship

December 13, 2015

old course turkey
Ireland finished fourth at the PGAs of Europe International Team Championship (ITC) in Turkey.
The Irish trio of Brendan McGovern (Headfort), Eamonn Brady (Clontarf) and Damien Mooney (Ballyliffin) produced their best round of the week – a six under 66 – to end the tournament on 15 under par.
France were eventually crowned champions, edging out 2014 victors Scotland in a play-off after both teams finished level on 18-under par at Gloria Golf Club.
The ITC pitted teams from across the PGAs of Europe’s Member PGAs against each other over 72-holes with the best two individual scores each day from the team of three counting towards the overall team score.
Scotland’s Graham Fox finished the tournament as leading individual for the second year running. He completed four rounds in 14-under, one ahead of Welshman Sion Bebb and three clear of Brady.
Brady wrapped up his tournament with a three under par 69, a score matched by Mooney, while McGovern carded a three over par 75.
Meanwhile the Turkish team of siblings Bulent and Savas Karatas and Ramazam Duman completed a wire to wire victory in the International Shield, the competition for teams representing a PGA with 100 members or fewer.
Their total of 21-over left them three clear of Poland in second place.

Team Results

Individual Results

Rory finishes with a flourish to win North title

July 13, 2012

Rory McNamara winner of the North of Ireland Amateur Championship 2012

RORY McNamara (Headfort) finished with a flourish to break Michael Sinclair’s (Knock) heart in the final of the North of Ireland Championship at Royal Portrush yesterday. The 23-year-old, trailing for most of the contest, birdied the 17th and 18th to record a one hole win over the Ulster stalwart.
It was a bitter blow for Sinclair, who won the title for the first time in 1997 when McNamara was just eight years old. The 40-year-old had looked nailed on for success after turning for home with a three-hole lead but McNamara, who is enjoying a hugely consistent season, stayed calm and made the most of his chances.
“I’m overwhelmed to be honest,” he said after receiving the trophy won last year by Patrick McCrudden.
“I came into this week feeling good and my game was in good shape. I just thought if everything came together it could be my week and here I am. Tee to green it was the best I have ever hit it and I got some crucial putts when I needed them.

“At 16 I holed out for a half and then those birdies at 17 and 18. I knew I had two for it at 18 but there is always a lot of pressure. I was taking a few breaths and just trying to get it as close as possible.”

Given his performances in 2012, it should come as no surprise that McNamara finally managed to get his hands on a major amateur title. He has lost only two match-play contests all season, at the semi-finals of the West of Ireland and then at the last 16 stage of the British Amateur. However, it was Sinclair who probably started the afternoon final as favourite following a 6/5 demolition of Eddie McCormack (Galway) in the morning semi-final.
McCormack’s opening tee shot sailed out of bounds at Royal Portrush’s par four first and Sinclair needed no second invitation, grabbing the initiative and powering into an unassailable lead.
“He gave me the impetus to move on,” said Sinclair who won the East of Ireland title in 2003.
“I wanted to come up and put in a good showing with the Ulster selection for the inter-provincials in mind.”
In contrast, McNamara was forced to scrap all the way in his semi-final match with the unheralded Geoff Lenehan (Portamarnock). In a fluctuating tie, Rory led early but Lenehan hung in and went ahead himself at the 16th. It was the first time that McNamara had trailed all week but he responded to level matters at 16 with a birdie and went in front at the 17th before closing out the tie at 18.
“I think the difference for me this year is that I am staying patient,” added Rory.
“I was down early today but I didn’t panic. I just keep going because I knew my game was in good shape and I knew I would have plenty of chances coming in.”