David Higgins produced a classy, composed round of golf to retain the Club Professional Tournament at stunning Dromoland Castle on Friday.
The Waterville man carded just one birdie on the par five fourth, and one bogey on the par three 17th on his way to a three shot victory at the Carr Golf and Citroen sponsored tournament.
“I was delighted with that today. With it being so windy there was disaster around every corner so I kept it steady and kept the big numbers off my card,” said the 44-year-old.
“It was a great couple of days, fantastic weather and a spectacular setting for the course which was set up tough. It played a bit ‘linksy’ which was right up my alley and considering the course set-up and the high winds I was delighted to shoot level par.”
Four players finished in a share of joint second, Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance), Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge), Brian McElhinney (North West) and Eamonn Brady (Clontarf GC).
Overnight leader, Adam Dunmore, slipped out of contention after a tough front nine and eventually finished in a share of 34th.
Club Professional Tournament
Sponsored by Carr Golf and Citroen
At Dromoland Castle (Par 72)
1 D Higgins (Waterville Links) 72/72 (144)
T2 C Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance Limited) 75/72, R Kilpatrick (Banbridge GC) 75/72, B McElhinney (North West GC) 74/73, E Brady (Clontarf GC) 72/75 (147)
T6 T Rice (Limerick GC) 76/72, M Whelan (Castlewarden Golf & Country Cl) 75/73 148, S