Course record set at City of Culture Pro-Am in Prehen

Simon Thornton made good use of his week off from the European Tour by winning the £9,500 City of Culture Pro-am Tournament at City of Derry.

The competition, sponsored by Karl Doherty Motors and McDaid, McCullough Moore Chartered Accountants was held in glorious weather conditions at Prehen over Saturday and Sunday.

And it attracted the cream of Ireland’s professionals.

Thornton, winner of the recent St Omer Open, carded a three-under-par 68 on Saturday to be joint third, trailing overnight leader Colm Moriarty by three shots but he posted a sizzling 65 24 hours later to soar to the top of the leaderboard.

Moriarty finished one shot behind on eight under and Michael McGeady was another shot further back on seven under.

Meanwhile, David Jones, who started his golfing career at Prehen, set a new course record on Sunday when carding a superb seven under par 64.

The best team over the two days was led home by their professional, Paul Masterton and featured George Pearson, Gary Leckey and Wyn Donnell.

They scored 187 points to win by four clear points.