David Higgins (Waterville Links) fired a three under par 69 to successfully defend his Galway Bay Resort Pro-Am title.
With a shot-gun start in operation, David started his round at the 10th and played his opening nine holes in one under par 35 courtesy of a solitary birdie at the 15th.
He picked up another birdie at the first, dropped a shot at the second but responded with back to back birdies at the third and fourth to come home in two under 34.
“It was a good three under round because it was a tough day, it was windy,” said the 44-year-old who played a key role in GB&I’s recent PGA Cup victory over the USA.
“I was in control, it was my type of day. It was blowing a good wind and I knew if I just played well that conditions were right up my street. I just had to make sure I didn’t get in my own way. I got the job done and it’s always nice to go back to a venue and retain a title.”
David finished one shot ahead of Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) with Damien McGrane back in third after a level par round of 72. Roganstown’s Brendan Walton and amateur partners, Brendan Lenyski, Matt Kavanagh and Walter McDonagh won the team prize with 95pts.
Galway Bay Golf Resort Pro-Am At Galway Bay Resort (Par 72)
1 – D Higgins (Waterville Golf Links) (69, -3)
2 – C Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance Ltd) (70, -2)
3 – D McGrane (72, LVL)
T4 – Steven Quinlan (Halpenny GC), S Thornton (Simon Thornton Golf) , J Bolger (Kilkenny GC) (73, +1)
Above – David Higgins (left) with Galway Bay Golf Resort captain, Seán Keenan