Moriarty claims Conor O’Dwyer Charity Pro-Am at Kilkee Castle

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As temperatures soared in the midlands Colm Moriarty took full advantage of pristine conditions at Kilkee Castle Golf Club to card a five-under 65 and win his third Pro-Am win of the season at the Conor O’Dwyer Charity Pro-Am in aid of the Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin.

The experienced Glasson professional needed to be at his very best to edge out The K Clubs Liam Grehan who also carded a 65 on a count back and although the prize money was split evenly Moriarty claimed the John Short Salver.

It was a day where the cream rose to the top of the leaderboard with Rathsallagh’s Ted Higgins claiming third after a 66 and McGuirks Golfs’ Neil O’Briain, a shot back after returning three-under par rounds of 67 to claim fourth third and eleven players in total breaking par.

“I played some really nice golf today” said Moriarty after his round. “I drove the ball really well I got the ball in position to leave some nice approach shots today and was able to take advantage of that. The course was playing very tricky in the fast firm conditions and I was happy to post a good number”

The event at Kilkee Castle Golf Club was the last event before the 112th Irish PGA Championship tees off next Thursday in Carne and Moriarty is happy his game is in a good place ahead of one of the biggest events of the season.

“It’s nice to take a bit of form into the Championship next week, especially on fast and firm conditions that we will probably be facing next week in Carne, I’m really looking forward to it”

Moriarty’s efforts were also enough to steer his team of P.J Butler, Brian Byrne and Aidan Colgan to victory with an impressive haul of 98 points, a winning margin of four points.

All attention is now firmly focused West on the 112th Irish PGA Championship on the spectacular Wild Atlantic Dunes course at Carne Golf Links in Belmullet.

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