McGeady leads home PGA Championship qualifiers at Co Louth

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Michael McGeady was all class in carding a four-under par round of 68 to run out a two shot winner on the day and advance at the PGA Championship Qualifier at Co Louth Golf Club.

The Evolve Coaching professional produced a wonderful performance, highlighted by five birdies and just the one dropped shot on the day.

McGeady raced to the turn in 34 with birdies at the fifth, seventh and ninth holes before bookending his back nine with further gains at the 10th and 18th holes either side of a sole bogey on the unlucky 13th.

In the end McGeady finished two clear of Brian McCormack Jnr who was the only other player to break par on the day. Taking advantage of the par-5s on the front nine in four-under, with an eagle and two birdies on his card through six holes, McCormack bogeyed the seventh and 17th before signing for a two-under 70 and outright second spot.

With six qualifying spots up for grabs, Limerick’s Tim Rice wasn’t to be outdone after a rollercoaster six birdies and six bogeys added up to round of 72 and a share of third. Alongside the experienced campaigner at even par was Monkstown’s Shane Irwin who posted three birdies in his level par effort.

And taking the last two spots on the day in a share of fifth were Knock’s Nicholas Grant and Cloverhill’s Keith Shannon who both recorded one-over par rounds of 73.

It’s onwards and upwards now to The PGA Professional Championship 2022 which consists of a field of 144 players who compete across four rounds in a stroke play format. The 2022 renewal will be played at Slaley Hall on June 14-17, and carries a total prize fund of £55,400.

The Championship has added significance because through a points system it decides the Great Britain & Ireland team to play America in the PGA Cup which is the club professional’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup. Since 2013, the winner and runner up have also earned entry to the PGA Play-Offs.

  • Full qualifying scoring HERE

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