Foley and McBride fire superb 66s at Portmarnock Links

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Hugh Foley (Royal Dublin) Picture by Pat Cashman

Royal Dublin’s Hugh Foley and The Island’s Paul McBride put their links prowess to good use, taking the top prizes on a pleasant November day at the TaylorMade Winter Series at Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links.

A full tee-sheet of 102 players teed up in little wind and competitors took advantage, not least McBride who arrived home from the USA having fallen short at Korn Ferry Q-School. Still, despite two weeks away from his sticks, he showed no signs of rust with five birdies in his bogey-free 66 to take top honours in the Nett competition by two strokes from K Club pro Conor O’Rourke.

West of Ireland champion Foley wasn’t quite so clean in his scoring but came out the other side of a rollercoaster round with a 66 of his own to take the spoils in the Gross.

The +5.4 handicap had two bogeys and a double on his card but went out in five-under thanks to six front nine birdies before adding three more on the back nine.

That beat Gavin Moynihan into second spot after the Tour regular signed for a 69 with Portmarnock Links pro Daniel Mulligan home in third with a round of 70.

Results: Nett:

  • 1st          Paul McBride (Pro)          The Island GC                     66
  • 2nd         Conor O’Rourke (Pro)     The K Club                           68
  • 3rd          Paddy McGettigan (9)    Portsalon GC                      70

Gross:

  • 1st          Hugh Foley (+5.4)             The Royal Dublin GC       66
  • 2nd         Gavin Moynihan (pro)    Unattached                        69
  • 3rd         Daniel Mulligan (pro)      Portmarnock Links           70

 

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