McGrane beats Kilpatrick to win PGA Challenge

Damien McGrane edged out Richard Kilpatrick on the first play-off hole to win the 36-hole Johnston, Mooney and O’Brien PGA Challenge at Carton House yesterday.
 

 
The pair put on a low-scoring exhibition over the Montgomerie course on Wednesday with McGrane signing for a seven under par 65 only for Kilpatrick to trump him with an eight under 64, leaving the pair tied on -10 after 36 holes. 
 
That sent the duo back down the par four opening hole with McGrane’s birdie sealing victory.
 
“We both hit two good drives down the first and Richard hit his approach to five feet while I hit mine to three feet. He missed and I holed to win,” said Damien who had nine birdies and a double bogey in his 65.
 
“It was one of those days, the weather was good, the course was good and I managed to hit it close,” he added.
 
Mark Whelan (Castlewarden Golf & CC) finished third on six under par with Mark Staunton (Delgany GC) and David Higgins (Waterville Links) sharing fourth on five under.
 
Overnight leader, Ciaran Molloy (Ardee GC) followed up his opening round 68 with a three over par 75 to finish down the field in a tie for 11th.
 
Johnston Mooney & O’Brien PGA Challenge
At Carton House Golf Club- The Montgomerie (Par 72)
T1        R Kilpatrick  (Banbridge GC)                                70/64    134 (-10)           
T1        D McGrane *                                                                  69/65    134 (-10)           
3          M Whelan  (Castlewarden Golf & Country Cl)         72/66    138 (-6)
T4        D Higgins  (Waterville Golf Links)                         73/66    139 (-5)
T4        M Staunton  (Delgany GC)                                               71/68    139 (-5)
6          S Thornton  (Simon Thornton Golf)                                   72/68    140 (-4)
7          C Moriarty  (Drive Golf Performance Ltd)                71/70    141 (-3)