Fast finish sees McGeady pip Moriarty in St Margarets

Ronan MacNamara
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Fast finish sees McGeady pip Moriarty in St Margarets

Michael McGeady - Image by Mel Maclaine / PGA

A stunning eight-under 65 gave Michael McGeady a one-shot win at the Synergy Golf Pro-Am in St Margaret’s. 

It looked as if Glasson’s Colm Moriarty was going to come out on top having posted an early seven-under 66 but at the eleventh hour he was pipped by McGeady. 

A crucial eagle on the 17th hole pushed the Derry man into the lead and he held on with a closing par to earn his second win of the season. 

McGeady got off to an electric start with three successive birdies from the second hole before adding a fourth gain on the 6th. 

His only bogey of the round came at the ninth before he put on a thrilling finish. 

The Derry native birdied the 12th, 14th and 16th before a penultimate hole eagle saw him storm to the title. 

McGeady has been in fine form of late with last month’s victory in Newlands followed up by a final group appearance at the Irish PGA Championship in Carne. 

For so long it looked as if it was going to be Moriarty’s prize to take back to Glasson Lakehouse after a brilliant morning 66. 

Moriarty who is formerly of the Challenge Tour roared out of the traps with an eagle on the par-5 third before four birdies in five holes on the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth holes. 

Like McGeady he dropped his only shot of the day on the 9th before birdies on eleven and seventeen saw him home in 35 for a 66. 

It was a day of very low scoring with eighteen players shooting red figures and David Higgins of Waterville put on a late show of his own but ultimately he came up two shy on six-under. 

Not much happened for the two-time Irish PGA Champion as birdies on the second and fifth saw him turn in 34. 

Birdies on 10 and 12 were followed by a dropped shot on 14 which looked to have ended his challenge but the Cork native took advantage of the two par fives towards the finish with a birdie, eagle run but his 67 wasn’t enough. 

Jimmy Bolger took fourth position on five-under after three successive birdies to finish gave him a 68. 

Four-under was only good enough to share fifth with recent winner Shane Jenkinson among the chasing pack with Tim Rice, Richard Kilpatrick, Simon Thornton and Eric Byrne. 

Headfort’s Brendan McGovern returned from his Legends Tour excursions with a one-under 72 while Irish Open Series winner Damian Mooney was level-par. 

The events are coming thick and fast with much of the field heading down the road to Rosslare on Saturday. 

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