Tim Rice defied the elements to shoot a blistering 64 and win the Elm Park pro-am on Sunday afternoon.
A gale force wind was blowing across the Dublin course but the Limerick man was in superb form carding six birdies and just one dropped shot as he edged to a two-shot victory.
On a day where only four players shot red figures, Rice was in a league of his won as he notched his second win of the season.
“It’s never easy to win these things. There’s always somebody who is going to shoot a score. It was a very tough day with the wind and it’s a tight golf course. There was a big wind across the golf course and it’s tight and treelined with greens like glass so I battled away all day,” explained Rice.
Rice started on the 9th hole but soared to the summit with birdies on 10, 12 15 and 16, before adding further gains on the 2nd and 7th. The former EuroPro player is trending in the right direction ahead of a busy few weeks that includes the PGA Championship in Cairn.
“I tend to go a bit mad now and again always chopping and changing so I need to avoid doing too many silly things ahead of the next while.
“The Irish PGA in Belmullet is a big one, great venue, 54 holes so it’s a big event for us. I’m still addicted to figuring out this game and I’ll play anywhere.”
Old Conna’s Donal Gleeson took second with a three-under 66 while Damian Mooney of Lough Erne and Stepaside’s Maura Morrin completed the under-par scores with one-under 68s.