Hurley and Duignan triumph at sunny Yas Links while McGlynn & Power share Moran Cup spoils

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Gary Hurley (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Gary Hurley romped to the Down Syndrome Centre PGA Abu Dhabi Pro-Am at Yas Links while Peter Duignan’s team won the team stableford event. 

Hurley who is the club ambassador for Al Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates completed a wire to wire victory in the 54-hole stableford winning out by seventeen points. 

The West Waterford native was dipping his toe back into competitive ahead of a jaunt at DP World Tour Q-School next month and he warmed up in style with three plus fourty point rounds. 

Hurley who earned promotion to the Challenge Tour next season via the Alps Tour Order of Merit carded rounds of 47pts, 43pts and 43pts to finish ahead of Legends Tour professional Brendan McGovern of Headfort Golf Club while The K Club’s Liam Grehan also shared 2nd on 116 points. 

Co. Longford professional Duignan was left smiling in the team stableford as he and his teammates Damian, Noel and Niall Johnson scooped the title by two points. 

The quartet finished with a very impressive tally of 282 points after rounds of 96, 92 and 94. 

Hurley was second on 280 while Millicent’s Dylan Burke and his team of Peter and Nigel Foran and Paul McGarry also took a podium place on 276 points. 

Former European Tour professional Gary Murphy was in action, claiming a share of sixth place alongside Paul Kelly, Michael Fetherson and Alan Vallely. 

Meanwhile, back at home Royal Dublin played host to the Moran Cup Carton House’s Niall McGlynn and Rathfarnham Assistant pro Liam Power shared the spoils after both players carded three-under 69s. 

What was once a matchplay tournament is now a prestigious event on the PGA Southern Branch and McGlynn was delighted to win. 

“Five Ryder Cup players have won the Moran Cup so I am very proud to win it again,” the Golf Ireland Academy pro told Irish Golf Desk. “I am long enough that even into the wind it is not as big a deal for me coming home as it can be for some of the other guys. 

“It’s a very good event and our last of the year. And while we play Pro-Ams most of the time bar the Irish Championship, it’s lovely to play with your fellow professionals at least once.” 

Galway native Power hasn’t seen too much action on the region this year but boasts a good record in the Royal Dublin event with two top-3 finishes in his last two starts and he was thrilled to crack the winner’s circle as a professional. 

“I got off to a good start — two under through two. It’s my first win as a professional so I am thrilled with that,” Power said. 

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