Michael McDermott carded a pair of weekend 67’s to claim The K Club Irish PGA Pro-Am title.
The Grange Golf Club professional finished the two-day 36-hole event on 10 under par, two shots clear of Eamonn Brady (Clontarf Golf Club) and four clear of third-placed Brian McElhinney (North West Golf Club).
Brady, the recent winner of the Moran Cup, opened the tournament with a six under par 66 to lead alongside Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge Golf Club). McDermott, meanwhile, was handily placed after the close of play on day one, just a shot back.
Playing the Palmer Ryder Cup course on day two, Michael set about reducing the gap with a birdie on his opening hole of the day, the par five 10th. He continued to pick up shots over his opening nine holes, collecting two more birdies and an eagle at the par-five 18th to reach the turn in five under 37.
His back nine was rather sedate in comparison, with dropped shots at the fourth and fifth, cancelled out by birdies at the seventh and eighth as he came home in level par 35.
Overnight leader Brady couldn’t match those fireworks, posting a two-under par 70 while Kilpatrick’s one over 73 saw him slip into a tie for fourth.
In the team event, Royal Curragh’s Gerry Burke and amateur partners Catherine Kinane, Michael Kinane and Michael Burnell posted a two round total of 172 points to collect first prize.
The K Club Irish PGA Pro-Am
1 Michael McDermott (Grange Golf Club) 67/67 134 (-10)
2 Eamonn Brady (Clontarf Golf Club) 66/70 136
3 Brian McElhinney (North West Golf Club) 68/70 138
T4 Simon Thornton (Tulfarris Golf Resort) 69/70 139
T4 Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge Golf Club) 66/73 139
T4 Michael McGeady 72/67 139
T7 Colm Moriarty (Glasson Hotel & Golf Club) 72/68 140
T7 Niall Kearney (Royal Dublin Golf Club) 70/70 140
T9 Damien McGrane (Carlow Golf Club) 69/74 143
T9 Brendan McGovern (Headfort Golf Club) 71/72 143
Overall winners 172 (85/87)
Gerry Burke (Royal Curragh) Catherine Kinane, Michael Kinane, Michael Burnell
Day One (Smurfit Course)
Philip Walton, Niall Quinn, Mickey Quinn, David Whelan 86pts
Day Two (Palmer Ryder Cup Course)
Colm Moriarty (Glasson) Angelo Cirillo, Emilo Cirillo, Shiva Gautam 84pts
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