After just missing out on the final day Shootout Sunday at Galgorm on the Challenge Tour over the weekend Damien McGrane got that winning feeling back again on the PGA in Ireland circuit as he fired a five under par round of 67 to successfully defend his Cork Pro-Am title on Monday.
The Kells man finished one shot ahead of David Higgins (Waterville Links) with Mark Whelan (Castlewarden Golf & CC) and Ciaran Molloy (Ardee) two shots further back.
Last year, Damien shared top spot with local favourite Denis O’Sullivan, but he left nothing to chance this time around. He went to the turn in a bogey-free four under par 32 and came home in one under 35 – a round that included a hat-trick of birdies at the par threes.
It’s not the first time this season that Higgins and McGrane have shared first and second at a PGA in Ireland event – the duo have dominated the competition scene this summer and are leading the way at the top of the Order of Merit with McGrane stretching is lead out to 6,305 points ahead of the Waterville man.
Beaten into second this time around, David managed to edge out his father, Liam, to victory in the team competition. David and amateur partners Andrew Daly, Andy Daly Jnr and Aidan Moynihan finished the day with 96 points and claimed first prize courtesy of a better last six holes.