McDermott & Murtagh sweep the prizes at Portmarnock Links

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Michael McDermott and Conor Murtagh took top honours as the weather proved kind once more for the latest TaylorMade Winter Series event at Portmarnock Links.

It was certainly colder than it has been on Ireland’s east coast making the course play longer than in recent weeks for the 98 players taking their chance.

In the Nett competition, Grange Golf Club pro Michael McDermott’s 69 was good enough for a one shot win from The Island’s Paul McBride and Deer Park’s Simon Booth.


McDermott fired two front-nine birdies to turn in one-under par before adding two more gains at the 13th and 16th . He dropped his second shot of the day at the final hole but his two-under par effort was still enough to capture Michael’s first Winter Series win this season.

In the Gross Prize, +2.6-handicapper Murtagh from The Island put his links expertise to use with a two-under 69 of his own taking the spoils. Out in one-under par after a perfect start that included three opening birdies in succession, Murtagh posted three more birdies on the way home on the 13th, 14th and 16th holes in an impressive six-birdie haul; his copybook blotted by two double-bogeys at the fifth and 18th.

It was still a superb effort from Murtagh who edged out Limerick’s Tim Rice (70) and Naas’ Jonathan Yates (71) in another highly competitive outing at Portmarnock.

It’s all systems go for next Tuesday already with the tee-sheet fully booked out as players continue to take advantage of pristine conditions before the winter really sets in. Well done to all involved.

Results –  Par71


  • 1st          Michael McDermott (Pro)            The Grange GC                  69
  • 2nd         Simeon Booth (8.3)                          Deer Park GC                70
  • 3rd          Paul McBride (Pro)                          The Island GC                70


  • 1st          Conor Murtagh (+2.6)                     The Island GC                  69
  • 2nd         Tim Rice (Pro)                                    Limerick GC                  70
  • 3rd         Jonathan Yates (Pro)                       Naas GC                          71

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One response to “McDermott & Murtagh sweep the prizes at Portmarnock Links”

  1. colin Booth avatar
    colin Booth

    When is Simeon Booth turning Pro great effort for an amateur

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