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Kilpatrick at the double on Irish PGA circuit

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Richard Kilpatrick earned his second win on the bounce with victory at the Greystones Pro-Am on Sunday.

The Banbridge based professional posted a three-under-par round of 66 in blustery conditions to beat Neil O’Briain by a shot.

“I have been hitting the ball really, really well but until recently, I have been finding it tough to get the ball in the hole,” said Richard.

“At the Irish Championship I really struggled so I changed my putting routine a bit, back to an old way of doing things and I seem to be holing a few more putts. So we’ll stick with that for a week or so.”

Richard went into the event on the back of a confidence-boosting share of first place at Friday’s (Sept 13th) Conor O’Dwyer Charity Pro-Am.

He carded a two-under-par 68 at Kilkea Castle to finish on top of the leaderboard alongside Colm Moriarty (Glasson GC), David Higgins, Tim Rice (Limerick GC), Brian Doheny (Callan GC), and Simon Thornton (Tulfarris Golf Resort).

He got off to a solid start at Greystones and reached the turn in two under par with birdies at the fourth and fifth.

He continued to make steady progress and reached four-under for the day with back-to-back birdies at the 13th and 14th. A dropped shot followed at the par-five 15th when he managed to three-putt, but he finished off the round with three pars to post the low round of the day.

“It was my first visit to Greystones and I found the front nine very tricky, especially with it being windy,” added Richard.

“It’s one of those courses that you really need to know where you are going. I don’t like taking on anything when I don’t know where it will end up so I tend to hit it where I can see it and take it from there. Thankfully, my amateur partners were also able to help me out a good bit as well.”

Cahir Park professional, David Ryan, and playing partners representing Salmon Software, grabbed the team prize with 88pts.

The next event on the schedule is the K Club Pro-Am on September 17th with Ryder Cup captain, Padraig Harrington, confirmed in the field.

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