Derry-based McGeady, representing Evolve Golf Coaching, carded a five under par round of 67 at Carton House Golf Club but despite his impressive display at the Co Kildare venue, McGeady won by just one shot from Mark Staunton, of Delgany Golf Club, and Greenore Golf Club’s Ian Brennan, on a low scoring day.
Those three and six other qualifiers will now go to Little Aston Golf Club in Sutton Coldfield for the £78,000 grand final which is being held from July 24-27.
“I’m looking forward to playing in the big final now, it’ll be my first time there and Little Aston sounds like a superb course, one I’ve never played so I’m looking forward to that,” said McGeady.
“I’m doing a lot of coaching at the moment, in Derry and Donegal, but I haven’t ruled out playing more Tour golf again. I can go to the final with targets but I just want to prepare well for the tournament and see what it brings.”
“I’ve just turned 40 and feel that maybe I’ve matured a bit on the golf course. I know my limits but I also know how to get a ball around a course to the best of my ability. I need to manage my game well and, when I do, I tend to score well.”
McGeady admitted he took advantage of the ideal conditions; “They really were perfect, but even if everything is set for a good score, you don’t always get to capitalise on it, but everything seemed to go my way,” he said.
“I had just the one bogey on the 11th, I didn’t hit it right and had to take my punishment by getting it out of the bunker. But then I made two birdies and got back on track.”
Titleist & FootJoy PGA Professional Championship Irish qualifier
Carton House Golf Club
1 67 (-5) Michael McGeady Evolve Golf Coaching
2 68 (-4) Mark StauntonDelgany Golf Club
Ian Brennan Greenore Golf Club
4 69 (-3) Damien Mooney Damian Mooney Golf
Brian Doherty Callan Golf Club
Joe Dillon Headfort Golf Club
Ciaran Molloy Ardee Golf Club
8 70 (-2) Mark Whelan Castlewarden Golf