Grehan and McElhinney share the spoils in Connemara

Ronan MacNamara

Liam Grehan (Photo by Tom Dulat/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Liam Grehan and Brian McElhinney couldn’t be separated at the top of the Connemara Pro-Am as they shared the win after two days.

Both players finished on three-under-par, one shot ahead of Simon Thornton while Michael McGeady was a shot further back.

McElhinney birdied his last two holes for a final round of 68 while Grehan went one better with a 67 that included three birdies in his last five holes.


“I’m delighted to win in Connemara, it’s a great pro-am and always a big one towards the end of the year so it’s nice to get a win on a links course eventually I struggled at Carne so it was good to overcome those challenges and post a good score on a links course,” said Grehan from the K Club.

After carding a two-over 74 on day one, Grehan roared into the mix with three birdies and a bogey on the front nine before recovering from a dropped shot on 10 with birdies on 11, 14, 16 and 17 to climb into a share of top spot in the clubhouse which is where he finished.

The Mullingar native had missed the cut earlier in the week on the Clutch Pro Tour but it proved a blessing in disguise.

“It’s funny I played Clutch Pro Tour this week and actually missed the cut by a couple of shots, shooting 75, 70 then got a full day of practice over there on Friday and came home that night. I found something in my short game and that’s what kept me in it on the first day. I didn’t play well in the tough conditions but birdied the last to shoot a respectable score and then played really nice today with seven birdies. I’m thrilled to post a score and win in Connemara and hopefully a few more to come before the end of the year.


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