DERRY professional golfer, Michael McGeady (McCambridge-Duffy), won the Irish PGA title on Sunday, to enjoying a significant upturn in form.
In fact, the 35-year-old left yesterday bound for Sandwich in an attempt secure his Challenge Tour card for next season which is cearly a major priorities.
However, in what proved to be a thrilling finish to the Cassidy Golf 103rd E30,000 PGA Irish Championship at Roganstown, Michael snatched the title from under the noses of Damian Mooney and Cian McNamara by just one shot and it’s a victory that will set him up well for this week’s challenge in England.
The North-West member will open his account today until this Thursday when competing in the EuroPro Grand Finals, with the top five finishers securing their EuroPro cards for next season.
But McGeady has eyes on the Challenge Tour and in order to achieve that, he may well have to top the leader-board in this week’s high profile event.
“It’s a big ask, but hopefully winning the Irish Championship will signal a turning point for me,” he said afterwards.
“The win will give me a fantastic boost heading for the EuroPro finals,” he added.
“In fact, it would be a great double to add my Challenge Tour card to my Irish Championship title but this win is amazing for me as I have been struggling a bit recently.”
McGeady posted rounds of 66, 72, 70 and 67 for a nine-under-par winning 275, one stroke ahead of Mooney and McNamara, after the leadership had changed hands a few times during the final day.
In addition to the silverware, Michael also pocketed the top individual prize of E3,500.
Results from last week’s North-West Thursday Society, October 10th, at Lisfannon - Singles Stableford - 1, Danny Devine (15) 39 points; 2, Sam Condit (17) 38; 3, Eugene O’Connell (12) 37.
“Twos” were carded by Gerry Coyle and Eugene O’Connell.
This Thursday’s competition will be another singles stableford event.
Foyle Sunday Society
Week two of the Foyle Sunday Society saw another excellent turnout with the 50 plus competitors enjoying a glorious winters day on a course in pristine condition.
In the end, 19 handicapper Eamon O’Kane took full advantage of the favorable conditions to register a fine winning score of 41 points, two points clear of his nearest rival.
Full results were - Sunday Society Singles Stableford - 1, Eamon O’Kane (19) 41 points; 2, break of tie, Ciaran O’Doherty (12) 39; 3, Connor McNally (16) 39.
The following Foyle members have booked their Christmas dinners thanks to recording victory in last week’s turkey competitions - Category 0-11, break of tie, Ciaran McGuinness (9) 20 pts.; Cat. 12-17, break of tie, Kevin McDermott (13) 23 pts., Paddy Coyle (14) 23 pts.; James Sheehan (15), break of tie, 23 pts.; Cat. 18+ Mark McCloskey (20), break of tie, 23 pts.; Eddie ball (20), break of tie, 21 pts.
Meanwhile the “Find The Joker” fundraiser jackpot has now reached £750 and it can be won by entering for the minimal cost of £1.
Multiple entries are encouraged with the winning number drawn each fortnight winning £20 plus a chance to turn a card and find the “Joker” ensuring they win the jackpot. To enter check the club notice board with the next draw taking place this Saturday, October 19th.
Forthcoming competitions - the Desmond Motors Winter League continues daily as do the turkey competitions.
The Sunday Society resumes this weekend while the annual Two Bridges Cup Challenge - FOyle v. Faughan Valley, will tee-off at Foyle at 11.45 a.m.
Break of Tie victory
Ricky Porter (18) was best of the day in the weekly Thursday Society at Prehen thanks to a superior back nine over Society Treasurer Eddie Mitchell (16), both players returning 39 points.
John Parke (23) was the best of three players on 37 points, on tie break. The top three all figured in the “2’s” along with nine other players. Next week’s competition will honour the memory of Harry Bryson, a stalwart of the Society for many years.