Foley and McBride fire superb 66s at Portmarnock Links

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


  • 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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