McGrane finds his groove at Cork Golf Club

Damien McGrane (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

Damien McGrane’s game appears to be trending in the right direction in the build-up to next week’s Irish PGA Championship at Bunclody.

The Carlow GC professional picked up his third win in four starts on Monday at the Cork Pro-Am courtesy of a five-under-par 67. McGrane ended the day one shot ahead of Brian McElhinney (Evolve Golf Coaching) with six players back in a share of third on two under par.

Damien has a wonderful track record at the Alister Mackenzie designed course, winning the event three times in the last four years. He made a bright start on Monday, picking up birdies at his opening three holes before dropping a shot at the par-five fifth.

The 48-year-old birdied the par-three seventh to go out in three-under par 33 and then played some solid bogey-free golf on the back nine collecting further birdies at the 10th and 18th to wrap up victory.

The team prize went to Steven Quinlan (SQ Golf) and amateurs John Hayes, John Ryan and Cahal Holland who combined for 93pts.

Leading scores

1 D McGrane  (Carlow GC) -5 67
2 B McElhinney  (Evolve Golf Coaching) -4 68
T3 A Hogan  (Edmondstown GC) -2 70
T3 S Quinlan  (SQ Golf) -2 70
T3 D Higgins  (Waterville Golf Links) -2 70
T3 J Hickey -2 70
T3 R Coles  (Maylands Golf & CC) -2 70
T3 S Thornton  (Tulfarris Golf Resort) -2 70