Robert Giles produced a bogey free five-under par round to win the Malahide Pro-Am on Friday.
The Greenore GC professional, playing in his opening event of the season, carded five birdies as he finished two shots ahead of Noel Murray (American Golf), Damien McGrane and Damien Mooney (Damien Mooney Golf).
The tournament, supported by 1995 Ryder Cup hero Philip Walton, raises much needed funds for the St Francis Hospice.
Walton finished down the field in the individual event but he came within a whisker of winning the team prize. The 55-year-old and his amateur partners amassed 90 points over the 18 holes only to be edged out by Shane Jenkinson (St Margaret’s G&CC) who guided his team of Liam Morgan, Joe Duddy and Paul McHale to success with 91 points.
Supported by Philip Walton for St Francis Hospice
At Malahide GC (Par 72)
1 R Giles (Greenore GC) 67
T2 N Murray (American Golf), D McGrane, D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf) 69
T5 A Dunmore (Bundoran GC), T Rice (Limerick GC), M O’Mahony (Titleist National Fitting Centre 70