A delayed start owing to sub zero temperatures made for a fresh and challenging test around Jack Nicklaus’ signature course in Co. Meath for the latest of Killeen Castle’s Nicklaus Series which saw Dermot McElroy and Warrenpoint’s Ryan Gribben share the spoils with a pair of fine scores.
McElroy came out on top shooting a two-under par 70 with only the single bogey taking the shine off an otherwise very professional scorecard from the Ballymena Pro.
An opening birdie set things up nicely for Dermot who turned in one-under par through 9 after trading a bogey on the difficult par-3 sixth for birdie on the par-5 seventh. The former West of Ireland champion and Irish International picked up a further birdie on the par four 11th and flushed home in regulation pars to set the target at 2-under 70.
This would prove strong enough with no other players matching his clubhouse lead and the gross prize was left for Warrenpoint’s Ryan Gribben (+2) to collect with an equally impressive 71.
Ryan also turned in -1 with birdies on hole 4 and the par five 7th and a bogey on the long par-3 8th. He then played a very steady back 9 swapping a birdie on the par-5 15th with a bogey on the par-3 14th to return in one-under par.
The runner-up spots were claimed by Stephen Tierney (6) from the Headfort golf club in the nett category with 35pts and Irish International Colm Campbell (+4) taking 2nd Gross Prize with 34pts.
The Nicklaus Series is a singles stableford event for professional golfers and single figure amateurs taking place during the winter season in Killeen Castle. The next instalment takes place on Friday December 6th. See www.killeencastle.com for further details.