McGrane shakes off rust to win PGA Southern Branch Championship

Ronan MacNamara

Damien McGrane from Carlow Golf Club winner of the 2024 PGA in Ireland Southern Branch Championship

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Carlow Golf Club professional Damien McGrane admitted he was surprised to pick up the PGA in Ireland Southern Branch Championship at the Heritage Golf Club.

McGrane carded five birdies and two bogeys in a three-under-par round of 69 to edge out Tim Rice by the minimum while Richard Weldon, Paul Behan (both Blackbush) and Sean O’Donoghue (Mount Wolseley) were a shot further back on one-under.

“It’s nice to win, nobody including my colleagues have played any golf with the winter we’ve had so to shoot three-under at a good course like the Heritage, I did nothing silly, had two bogeys on the front nine and five birdies. I was surprised to win, I thought somebody would blitz the course but look we are all a bit rusty to three-under was enough.”

The three-time Irish PGA champion who also won on the European Tour is going to play a limited schedule on the PGA in Ireland region this term but will hope to be peaking for the Irish PGA Championship in Palmerstown House.

“I hope to play four or five pro-ams this year and obviously the Irish PGA Championship in Palmerstown House, it’s our biggest and best event and that will be it I won’t overdose myself with golf this season.”

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