Liam Grehan of the K Club holed out from 88 yards on the par-4 17th for a winning eagle as he claimed the opening Hilary Links Golf Society outing of the season at Laytown and Bettystown.
The Assistant Professional pipped Naas amateur Rob Brazill to the prize by two shots with a one-under 70 to take the top gross.
Conditions were tough on the day and Grehan turned in level-par after a dropped shot on the third and a birdie on the fourth.
The 27-year-old then birdied the 10th before throwing in a double-bogey on the thirteenth, although he did birdie the next.
A four-time winner on the PGA Region last year, Grehan holed out for an eagle two on his penultimate hole to seize the day.
“On 17 I hit a nice drive and left myself 88 yards into the wind and played it as 100,” Grehan told Irish Golf Desk. “It pitched pin high, kicked forward and spun back into the hole.
“I played nicely overall, despite making double on 13 from 140. Missed an 8 inch putt when tapping in.”
“L&B was in super nick ahead of the Scratch Cup at the weekend. I hadn’t played it since the 2019 Scratch Cup and I was really impressed. The greens have a nice bit of pace on them.“
In a mix of PGA Professionals and amateurs, St Anne’s Derek Nolan won the nett prize with a 70 off a handicap of six.
Brendan Murray of the Island took runner-up in the nett with a 77 off a plus three handicap.
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